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Double Award Honours for Royal Berkshire Pain Consultant

The Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust’s (RBFT) Consultant in Anaesthesia, Pain and Musculoskeletal Medicine, Dr Deepak Ravindran has last week won two prestigious awards for his outstanding academic achievements.

Yesterday, Deepak won the Federation of Awarding Bodies (FAB) Awards’ Learner of the Year in addition to the Chartered Management Institute’s (CMI) Apprentice of the Year.

The FAB Award recognises the achievements of an individual learner who’s demonstrated a high level of skill or competence in their learning, while showing exceptional resilience through the various challenges brought on by Covid-19. Meanwhile the CMI Award acknowledges the outstanding achievements of an apprentice who has successfully applied their learning in the workplace to advance themselves, their organisation and the community around them.

Allison Jay, Head of Awarding Body and Compliance, from the CMI who nominated Deepak for the FAB Award said, “Deepak’s nomination very much showcases all the excellent work NHS staff have done over the last 18 months. Throughout the pandemic NHS staff have continued with their professional development, despite all the other pressures they have faced. Their commitment to learning and development is remarkable and continues to benefit both them and the wider NHS through great leadership and management”.

Tom Bewick, FAB Chief Executive, said “This year we received an abundance of excellent nominations for the FAB Awards, all of which were of a very high standard and demonstrated the commitment of our members to learners and the sector. I am immensely proud of how our industry has risen to the challenges of the last two years and I have heard and seen so many examples of excellence demonstrated by individuals and teams pulling together to support one another as well as centres, employers and of course learners.

Deepak who is also the author of the Pain Free Mindset and the Lead for the Berkshire Long Covid service, is currently completing his Honours degree in Applied Management at Henley Business School (HBS) which is part of the University of Reading. The Henley Business School has partnered with the Chartered Managers Institute (CMI) as the awarding organisation to offer this dual degree apprenticeship.

Speaking yesterday Deepak said, “Within the NHS, lifelong learning is a fact of life in order to keep up to date with the latest clinical findings and to promote education and research. “I am delighted and honoured to win these prestigious awards. The CMI/Henley apprenticeship has helped me to become a systems thinker and to understand population health and the economics of healthcare. I am now able to apply that knowledge for the benefit of my patients and organisation”.

Dr Janet Lippett, Chief Medical Officer RBFT said: “These awards recognise the huge dedication and commitment Deepak has to furthering his understanding and knowledge for the benefit of our patients. The Trust encourages continuous learning at all staff levels, so I’m proud that Deepak is leading the way, not just for his team, but for all our colleagues right across the Trust.”

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