A consultant and an administrator at Kettering General Hospital have won awards for the outstanding service they have provided to medical students who are training to become the next generation of NHS doctors.
Leicester Medical School, part of the University of Leicester, has chosen KGH’s consultant in respiratory medicine, Dr Nasir Siddique, as its Outstanding Clinical Teacher for 2015 and foundation and undergraduate co-ordinator, Shelley Gardiner, as its Outstanding Clinical Administrator for 2015.
They were presented with their awards at a celebratory event at Leicester Medical School on Friday, January 15.
In letters to the two award winners Dr David Heney, director of undergraduate medical education for Leicester Medical School, said: “Over the past months we asked all clinical medical students to nominate clinical teachers who they believe are outstanding teachers.
“We chose only one clinician from our District Teaching Hospitals to receive this award.
“This is an exceptional achievement.”
To Miss Gardiner, he wrote: “To meet the nomination criteria an administrator must demonstrate excellent organisational and communication skills, be particularly helpful and supportive to students and go the extra mile to deliver high quality services to students.
“We chose only one administrator from all our District General Hospital and Community Partners.
“On behalf of Leicester Medical School I wish to thank you for your commitment to teaching the medical students.”
Kettering General Hospital’s director of medical education, Dr Syed Fayyaz Hussain said: “We are delighted that two members of our medical education team have received recognition for their outstanding work during 2015.
“Dr Siddique and Shelley have clearly impressed the many students they came into contact with during 2015 and helped to demonstrate Kettering General Hospital’s ongoing commitment to providing outstanding educational services to the NHS’s next generation of doctors.
“Developing excellence in medical education is something we have been working on at KGH for many years and these awards help to demonstrate just how much individual effort goes into that.”
Dr Siddique said: “I am pleased and proud that my enthusiasm for medical education has been recognised in this way.
“I think it is very important that medical education is provided for students in ways that stimulate them to learn and progress to become a good doctor.”
Miss Gardiner said: “I am delighted that the efforts of myself and the administration team are recognised by the students that we work very hard to support.”
Both award winners received numerous nominations from medical students for their work.
One student said of Dr Siddique: “Dr Siddique has constantly listened to students’ feedback, and acted upon it, to help us gain the most out of our time at Kettering.
“He excelled in his role of teaching giving us opportunities to ask questions and develop our knowledge to a very good standard.”
Of Miss Gardiner, one student said: “A lot of administrators are extremely organised, kind and hard-working.
“Shelley is too but often she goes above and beyond for students.
“Her office is always open and she is happy to have a chat, to laugh with you and support you when things are not going so well.”