At the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust we know from our Deanery feedback and from the number of requests we get for placements that we are strong in the field of education. To recognise and formally thank staff who help to deliver this great work the Trust has introduced a special award.
The ‘Trust Educator Award’ will be presented on a monthly basis to staff from across the Trust who have demonstrated a long term commitment to education, have proven themselves to be an inspirational or innovating teacher, and add exceptional educational value.
Mr Rogan Corbridge, Director of Medical Education and ENT Consultant who led the introduction of the award said: “It is important that we acknowledge the work and commitment of staff in the field of education and we hope that through time this will help to increase the profile of the educators and education in the Trust.”
Dr Andy Skog and Dr Simon Tunstill, both Consultant Anaesthetists, were jointly nominated by their trainees for their teaching and support in preparing them for their primary exams for membership to the Fellowship of the Royal College of Anaesthetists (FRCA).
On receiving the award Dr Tunstill commented: “I am delighted to receive the first of these awards and feel it is really positive to see the Trust recognising the importance of the education that we all deliver as part of our consultant roles."
Their trainees had this to say about them:
“They have been jointly nominated for their teaching for the primary FRCA on Tuesdays evenings. The teaching is excellent and provides an invaluable opportunity to revise and practice for the dreaded viva that all pre-primary anaesthetists loath. They are there tirelessly, week in week out.”
“They are dedicated, always very enthusiastic often staying well beyond the call of duty. Their feedback is invaluable and certainly helped many of the junior anaesthetic doctors get through the primary.”