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BEST Welsh doctors named

28 October 2010

The BEST Awards 2010

Two Welsh doctors have been honoured by the University’s School of Postgraduate Medical and Dental Education for their excellence in training the next generation of medical professionals across Wales.

Dr Liam McKnight, Consultant Radiologist at Morriston Hospital in Swansea, and Dr John Rees, a GP at Llanfair Surgery, Llandovery were named educational supervisors and trainers of the year at the 2010 BEST awards.

The BEST awards, now in their second year, are part of the ‘Supervising the Route to Excellence’ programme which aims to ensure excellence in medical training through the development and support of high quality educational and clinical supervisors throughout Wales.

All Welsh doctors and dentists in training were able to nominate the consultant, GP or dentist who they believed performed outstandingly.

Dr John Rees said: "I am thrilled to win this BEST award which recognises the importance of mentoring junior doctors. I genuinely believe that medical educators in Wales provide some of the very best postgraduate teaching and tuition opportunities throughout the UK for doctors in training.

Best Awards 2010 - Award photograph(From left to right) Professor Derek Gallen, Dr John Rees, Dr Liam Mcknight and Professor Sir Mansel Alyward

"To be nominated by my own trainee and to be chosen by my peers as the winner of this award is without doubt the highlight of my teaching career and my involvement in medical education."

The Awards also honoured Dr Roger Ramsay, Dr Huw Mason, Dr Paul Das, Dr Lauren Kraaijeveld, Dr David Thomas and Dr Eamon Eales for their contribution to educational supervision.

Both winners received a Medical Education Bursary worth £5,000.

Professor Derek Gallen, Postgraduate Dean said: "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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