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27 November 2009
The School of Postgraduate Medical and Dental Education has honoured two Welsh consultants for their excellence in training the next generation of medical professionals across Wales.
Dr Andrew Metters, a Consultant Psychiatrist at the Princess of Wales Hospital in Bridgend, and Dr Euan Kevelighan, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at Singleton Hospital in Swansea, have been named Educational Supervisors and Trainers of the year in the BEST Awards 2009. Both consultants also received a Medical Educational Bursary worth £5,000.
The Awards by the Wales Deanery are part of a new initiative recently launched by the Deanery ‘Supervising the Route to Excellence’ programme. The programme aims to ensure excellence in medical training through the development and support of high quality Educational and Clinical Supervisors throughout Wales.
All Welsh doctors in training were able to nominate the consultant or GP who they believed performed outstandingly.
Dr Andrew Metters said: "This is a real honour for me. Often teaching skills of senior doctors are undervalued compared with clinical skills and research. If we want future doctors to remain highly skilled, this needs to change and I hope this award will help redress the balance".
Mr Euan Kevelighan said: "I am privileged and very honoured to have been awarded the inaugural Welsh Deanery Best Educational Supervisor and Trainer Award. I would like to thanks the Deanery for highlighting the importance of excellence in educational supervision by awarding a uniquely-crafted Welsh trophy and an educational bursary."
The awards also honoured Dr Umakant Dave, a Consultant Gastroenterologist at Morriston Hospital and Dr Jose Thomas, Consultant Chest Physician at Nevill Hall Hospital in Abergavenny who both received a Medical Educational Bursary for their contribution to Educational Supervision.
Postgraduate Dean, Professor Derek Gallen said: "This is the start of a significant annual event in the Wales Deanery calendar. Wales’ medical educational supervisors and trainers play a vital role in delivery high quality training for our doctors entering the profession and encouraging more trainees to look to Wales to work and live’. This Award goes some way to recognising their very important and influential role."
The School of Postgraduate Medical and Dental Education is responsible for commissioning, overseeing and monitoring the provision of education and training for some 2,600 doctors and dentists in postgraduate training posts in the NHS across Wales.
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