Dr Harsha Reddy, an educational supervisor and ICM College tutor in north Wales has won the prestigious award; BMA Cymru Wales/ BMJ Clinical Teacher of the Year Award for 2016.
The award recognises a clinical teacher in Wales who has excelled in their work, supporting doctors in training and medical students in Wales.
Harsha has singlehandedly transformed the teaching program in the north of Wales, providing a full program of departmental teaching, achieving extremely high quality feedback. He also provides ad-hoc out of hours viva practice for all those coming up for their exam, outside of his usual hours. Harsha is devoted to delivering high quality clinical care in Wales and achieving the highest standards.
Dr Reddy, said:
“I am very humbled to have been nominated for this prestigious award and proud to accept it on behalf of our trainees who are our greatest asset. Their enthusiasm and drive for learning is truly inspirational and keeps me motivated to do the best I can to help them achieve their potential.”
Judges were impressed at how Dr Reddy dedicates his time to ensuring trainees receive the best possible teaching, going above and beyond to look at why they may be struggling. He is continuously praised by his students for his personable approach and commitment to helping students understand their learning.
The nominees for the national award come from local awards given by Wales Deanery, Swansea University Medical School, and Cardiff University School of Medicine. The winners of the individual awards were considered by an independent panel of judges who then decided the overall ‘all-Wales winner’, announced at a ceremony held in Cardiff on Tuesday.
Clinical teachers from across Wales were recognised at the award ceremony, which is now in its sixth year.
Professor Phil Smith was given the Outstanding Achievement award for his significant academic achievements and his contribution to the field of neurology, which is recognised by clinical colleagues nationally.
Dr Samantha Hibbitts was identified as the ‘Rising Star’, while Liz Forty scooped the prize for Teaching and Learning Innovation.
Rhiannon Murphy-Jones was named as recipient of the BMA Cymru Wales Sherman Foundation award, which promotes widening access to the profession. The Cardiff University student won £500 to go towards supporting her in her medical studies.
Of her award, she said:
“I am delighted to be awarded the Sherman Fund Prize for 2016. It’s such a worthwhile cause and it certainly wasn't something I was expecting.
“I intend to stay in Wales, as the country and the people have provided me with so many amazing opportunities. This award has given me an added boost and I hope will provide encouragement to others who, for whatever reason, don't follow the traditional path into Medicine.”
Deputy Minister for Health, Vaughan Gething said:
“These awards are all about people who have raised the bar, those who have excelled themselves and, in doing so, have become excellent role models for their students to follow. They are the people we trust in developing the workforce of the future and each nominee should feel immensely proud.”
Dr Philip Banfield, BMA Welsh Council Chair, added:
“Clinical teachers play such a pivotal role in the medical workforce; driving innovation, educating our future doctors, and providing clinical leadership and expertise to ensure high-quality care to patients across the health service.
“They are key in the delivery of high quality training for our doctors throughout their professional careers and encouraging more doctors to make Wales their preferred choice to complete their postgraduate training. We are delighted to be able to celebrate their achievements at this annual event. Congratulations to everyone who achieved a nomination.”
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