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05 April 2012
A North Wales clinician has scooped a prestigious prize in recognition of his teaching excellence.
North Wales based consultant, Mr Philip Banfield won the prestigious award the BMA Cymru Wales/ BMJ Learning Group Clinical Teacher of the Year in recognition of his work in the North Wales Clinical School – which helps support Cardiff medical students on clinical placements in North Wales.
Mr Banfield received the local award from the School of Medicine before becoming a finalist for the Clinical Teacher of the Year Award.
Professor John Bligh Dean, Director of Medical Education, School of Medicine said: "We are very proud of what Mr Phil Banfield has achieved. He and his team are great examples of inspiring teachers who put the student at the forefront of their clinical teaching. "The atmosphere and environment for learning that they have created in North Wales is a tribute to the high quality of clinical teachers in that part of Wales - something that is reflected year on year by student feedback that is consistently excellent." Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Mr Banfield said: "This is a huge vindication of the high-quality clinical teaching that takes place in Welsh District Hospitals and of clinical placements in North Wales, in particular.
"The North Wales Clinical School is a unique asset for the teaching of undergraduates, with amazing facilities. I am so proud to lead a terrific team of enthusiastic teachers, with support from fantastic staff – there is a huge pastoral element when students are so far away from their base university. "Welsh medical students make excellent doctors, judging from those we get in the North. "It was a great evening and I am extremely grateful to everyone involved. It was very touching to be acknowledged amongst such distinguished company." Stephen Jones, BMA Cymru/Wales’ Deputy Welsh Secretary said: "Wales’ clinical teachers play a vital role in the delivery of 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."
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