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NES Medical Education awards 2020

NES Medical Education awards 2020

NES Medical Education awards 2020

Figures from across Scotland’s medical community have been recognised for their outstanding contributions to the quality of medical education and training, in the 7th annual NHS Education for Scotland (NES) ‘Medical Directorate Awards’.

The nominations were scored by a panel drawn from across the medical education community in Scotland.

Chair of the awards panel, Professor Alan Denison, said:

“We received an excellent breadth and depth of nominations this year. Although the nominations were received before the pandemic took hold, all of the nominees have demonstrated commitment to excellence in medical education in Scotland, and it we are very pleased to be able to mark their success.”

Announcing the award winners, NES acting Medical Director, Professor Rowan Parks said:

“I am delighted to see the incredible contributions of everyone nominated for an award that reflects on their phenomenal input and influence on medical education in Scotland. Congratulations to you all.”

Winner, Outstanding Role Model: Dr Colin Perry

Dr Perry is Clinical Director, Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, and a Consultant in Diabetes and General Internal Medicine. He was nominated for displaying integrity by leading by example; demonstrating exemplary clinical and people skills; being very approachable to all junior doctors and consultants; being invested in and appreciative of the whole clinical team; and being caring and kind. He has been actively involved in many other roles, including a member of RCPSG Council and many education roles (including Training Programme Director (core medical training), director of electives (University of Glasgow) and hospital subdean QEUH). He is a national authority on diabetes. He established – and actively remains involved with - the Junior Doctor forum.

Joint Runner up: Professor Gerard McKay, Consultant Clinical Pharmacologist, Glasgow Royal Infirmary, Professor Lorna Marson, Consultant Transplant Surgeon, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh

Highly commended: Sylvia Brown (Consultant Emergency and Colorectal Surgeon), Melanie Clarke (Consultant Paediatric Surgeon), Amanda Connelly (GP Educational Supervisor), Louise Davidson (Consultant Neurologist), Callum Livingstone (Medical Student).

Winner, Innovation in Training: Dr Vicky Tallentire

Dr Tallentire is a Consultant in Acute Medicine and Associate Postgraduate Dean. Her award recognises her success in identifying an opportunity to streamline the delivery of teaching and training to internal medicine trainees (IMT) in Scotland through the development of a national programme – the IMT “boot camp”. Dr Tallentire conducted focus groups with current core trainees to ensure that the boot camp was not only designed to align to the curriculum learning objectives but also addressed trainees’ priorities. This resulted in a 3-day “boot camp” which includes immersive simulation, workshops on a variety of challenging communication scenarios; and mastery learning of key procedural skills. Dr Tallentire also strongly and effectively supports and empowers trainees to engage in medical education research, teaching and scholarship.

Runner up: Dr Gilly Fleming and Dr Anna Stout (TRAINED: A network of core and specialty trainees in critical care medicine and anaesthesia)

Highly Commended: The Generalist Clinical Mentor Team, ScotGEM Graduate Entry Medicine Programme

Staff Support: The University of St Andrews School of Medicine Learning Technology Team

This team was nominated for their innovative teamworking and exceptional provision of technological support to staff and students across two Universities and four Health Boards, associated with the ScotGEM medical programme. The team developed a bespoke curriculum management system (Solas), which was designed around the needs of learners and teachers. For students, Solas interactively links weekly learning outcomes to the clinical case of the week, houses a portfolio, provides a route via which feedback from assessments can be delivered, and includes tools for students to raise concerns and provide feedback. Staff also benefit, with features including curriculum management, attendance monitoring and noting of low level concerns such that early support can be arranged where needed.

Runner up: Tracy McPhee (Medical Education Co-ordinator)


October, 13 2020