Trainee Doctors and Dentists named BEST in Wales

Welsh trainee doctors and dentists were honoured by the Wales Deanery at an event on Thursday 22nd February in City Hall, Cardiff.

The Wales Deanery Best Trainee Awards were an initiative developed by the Wales Deanery as an opportunity for NHS staff to thank those trainees who go the extra mile. The awards support and reinforce the Wales Deanery’s strategy to provide an exceptional Welsh Offer to recruit and retain doctors in training in Wales. The successful nominees were rewarded with accolades in recognition of their exceptional contribution to clinical services through original and innovative work undertaken during their training. The awards ceremony was a perfect opportunity to reward a highly talented group of doctors and dentists in training for their achievements and contributions across all specialites.

There was a robust selection process in place for selecting the finalists, and subsequently, the winners. All specialty training chairs and heads of specialty schools of the Wales Deanery were asked to nominate doctors/dentists for each of the award categories. Nominations were narrowed down to 2 per category and the nominees were invited to present to a judging panel made up of Professor Malcolm Lewis, Director of GP; Dr Helen Baker, Associate Director of Secondary Care; Professor David Thomas, Director of Postgraduate Dental Education; Dr Thomas Yapp, Associate Dean, Foundation and Dr Shabeena Webster, runner up at the 2016 awards.

The awards ceremony commenced with an opening speech from Dr Chris Jones, newly appointed Chair of Health Education and Improvement Wales (HEIW), who was thrilled to be in attendance. Eight trainees were named as winners on the night, they were awarded as follows:

  • Outstanding Contribution to the Training Programme – Dr Holly Morgan
  • Outstanding Contribution outside the Training Programme (i.e. charity) – Dr Laura McClelland
  • Outstanding Contribution to Raising the Profile of their Specialty in Wales – Dr Swe Lynn
  • Outstanding Contribution to Leadership – Dr Syed Junaid
  • Research Project – Dr Kieran Foley
  • Medical Education – Dr Catrin Maidment
  • Quality Improvement Project – Dr Craig Planello
  • Best Foundation Trainee – Dr Jessica Oliver
  • Dean's Recognition Award - Dr Helen Baker

Dr Holly Morgan (pictured above) was also presented with the Best Trainee of 2017 award. Holly was chosen for this award because of the passion and enthusiasm she has displayed, as well as the drive and commitment to her post.

Dr Helen Baker, the Deanery's Associate Director for Secondary Care and recipient of this year's Dean's Recognition Award, said, "I am extremely proud and honoured to have received this award, which came as a complete surprise. I have a great job which I thoroughly enjoy, opportunities to develop and innovate, and a fantastic, dedicated and supportive team, all of which has led to the many successes recognised through this award."

Postgraduate Dean, Professor Peter Donnelly commented, This was an evening of great celebration...celebrating the immense contribution that doctors and dentists in training make, not just to patient care, but to the wider community.”

Dr Holly Morgan added, "I had a fantastic evening at the BEST awards in such a beautiful venue. I was absolutely delighted to win the award for outstanding contribution to the training programme. When they announced I was also trainee of the year I was completely shocked! Just want to say a huge thanks to the Wales Deanery for the nomination.”

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