The inaugural Educator Awards for Leicester’s Hospitals took place in September to recognise excellence in our junior and senior educators.

“I certainly didn’t expect to win this award and it was a genuine surprise to even be nominated. I am incredibly grateful for the opportunities and support I’ve been given as a clinician at Leicester’s Hospitals”

Dr Andrew Hughes, Anaesthetics Department

The medical educators and clinical teachers at Leicester’s Hospitals develop, deliver and oversee all aspects of teaching, learning and assessment of junior doctors and medical students. They impart the required skills and knowledge to students and doctors, to ensure those people are safe, able and competent when putting those skills into practice.

Professor Sue Carr, director of medical education at Leicester’s Hospitals, was the driving force behind the awards. Sue said: “We received just under 100 nominations which is incredible for our first ever educator awards. It was fantastic to be able to recognise some of the achievements and excellent commitment these educators have to teaching and training students and junior doctors.”

Nominations were sent in by our senior and junior doctors for a number of categories including ‘Most Supportive Supervisor’ and ‘Outstanding Contribution to Teaching’.

Mr Andrew Furlong, medical director at Leicester’s Hospitals, added: “It’s fantastic that we have the opportunity to recognise these educators and teachers. They work extremely hard to pass on their skills and knowledge to the next generation of doctors and they are now being rightly rewarded for it.”

The winners and runners up were announced on Friday 21 September at the event, which was held at Leicester Racecourse.

Dr Andrew Hughes, who won the ‘Most Inspiring Role Model’ award in the junior category, said: “I certainly didn’t expect to win this award and it was a genuine surprise to even be nominated. I received this award in my final months as a trainee so it felt like a validation of my time as a registrar. I don’t think I do anything spectacular when I come to work but it has made me think about the relationships with, and value we place on, those we work with. I am incredibly grateful for the opportunities and support I’ve been given as a clinician at Leicester’s Hospitals. ”

The full list of awards categories, winners and runners up can be found below:

– Most Supportive Supervisor. Winner: Professor Irene Gottlob. Runner up: Professor Ruth Green and Mr Matthew Smith.

– Most Inspiring Role Model (senior category). Winner: Mr Rob Davies. Runner up: Dr Lizzie Webb.

– Outstanding Clinical Teacher. Winner: Dr Kate Hodgson. Runner up: Dr Alistair Sandilands

– Most Inspiring Role Model (junior category). Winner: Dr Andrew Hughes. Runner up: Mr Reshid Berber.

– Rising Star/Most Promising teacher. Winner: Dr Pandora Spilman-Henman. Runner up: Dr Raunak Singh.

– Outstanding Contribution to Teaching. Winner: Dr Raman Verma. Runner up: Dr Aleem Ahmed and Mr Daniel Couch.

– Education Team. Winner: Haematology Department. Runner up: Dr Lizzie Webb and Dr Cathy Richards.

– Education Support. Winner: Jake Fudge. Runner up: Dr Fiona Dickinson.

– Innovation Award. Winner: East Midlands Forensic Pathology Unit. Runner up: Mr Muhammad Imran Aslam.