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BMJ/BMA Cymru Wales Clinical Teacher of the Year Awards 2016

4 April 2016

BMA 2016 award winners
Professor Phil Smith, Dr Liz Forty and Dr Sam Hibbitts with their awards.

The School of Medicine Centre for Medical Education team were duly rewarded for all their hard work by winning a number of awards at the 2016 Clinical Teacher of the Year Awards.

They fought off stiff competition at the ceremony, which took place on 29 March at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, from colleagues from all over Wales to secure:

Outstanding Achievement Award

Prof Phil Smith at the BMA Awards 2016
Professor Phil Smith receiving his Outstanding Achievement award.

This award recognised the invaluable contribution Phil has made to the School and his speciality Neurology over many years.

Phil’s many achievements and significant roles in clinical practice are President of the Association of British Neurologists and Associate Medical Director for Quality for MRCP (UK) at the Royal College of Physicians.

Phil has been an invaluable contributor to medical education at the School for a number of years. He has led the Year 4 Neurology in undergraduate teaching and is currently a case based facilitator on the C21 programme.

One of his biggest challenges in education was to take on the role of Sub Dean of Assessment in the then Institute of Medical Education in the School of Medicine. This role allowed him to utilise his expertise in developing an assessment programme which has gone from strength to strength.

Phil, who is internationally renowned in his field, is also a great inspiration to all who work and are taught by him.

Other winners were:

Dr Sam Hibbitts
Dr Sam Hibbitts.

The Rising Star Award

Awarded to Dr Sam Hibbitts for her work as Director of Student Selected Components (SSCs) for the MBBCh programme.

Sam has driven the changes to the programme by developing new activities embracing the needs of the new C21 programme.

The Teaching and Learning Innovation Award

Dr Liz Forty
Dr Liz Forty.

Received by Dr Liz Forty from the division of Psychological Medicine and Clinical Neurosciences. Liz has led the design and delivery of the psychiatry elements of the new undergraduate curriculum and vertical theme “Understanding people”.

Her innovative method of teaching has received much acclaim by students who have found her student centred, patient orientated, interactive learning experiences bringing patients “to life” through video diaries invaluable.

Professor Nicholas Topley, Dean of Medical Education commented:
“This event goes from strength to strength and the success of the team from the Centre for Medical Education this year has shown that the commitment and innovative approaches of the clinical teachers has been recognised in what has been a competitive year. This sets the foundation for greater achievements in future years”

Congratulations go to all the nominees for their great achievements:

  • Dr Victoria Logan - Teaching and Learning Innovation
  • Mrs Ellen Marie Parker - Teaching and Learning Innovation
  • Mrs Anna Sillars - Rising Star
  • Dr Lucy Dolman - Clinical Teacher of the Year
  • Mr David Robinson - Clinical Teacher of the Year
  • Mr Michael Stechman - Clinical teacher of the Year