Four Swansea University Medical School healthcare professionals shortlisted for BMA Cymru Wales/ BMJ Clinical Teacher of the Year Awards

Six healthcare professionals, including four from the Swansea University Medical School, are in the running for prestigious awards in recognition of their skill at training future generations of professionals within ABMU.

They have been shortlisted in various categories of this year’s BMA Cymru Wales/ BMJ Clinical Teacher of the Year Awards.

Advanced nurse practitioner Cheryl John, Dr Helen Gripper, Dr Jayne Dawkins and Dr Sharon Hartwell are all up for the Clinical Teacher of the Year award.

Practical and diagnostic skills lead at Swansea University Medical School, Collette Hill, is nominated for the Teaching and Learning Innovation Award while paediatric consultant Pramodh Vallabhaneni is shortlisted in the Rising Star category.

Cheryl works in the emergency department at Princess of Wales Hospital Bridgend and has developed herskills in education and training alongside her clinical experience. Within this role, she has found time to teach Cardiff University medical students who are on clinical placement.

Helen, year 2 clinical teacher at Swansea University Medical School, has had a longstanding passion for teaching and learning. She is an invaluable member of the integrated clinical method team and is known for her enthusiasm and energy for developing resources for students.

An associate specialist in emergency medicine with ABMU, Jayne is director of clinical assessments at Swansea University Medical School. She also teaches on the physician’s associate programme in Swansea and has been instrumental in shaping assessments in the university.

Year 3 director at Swansea University Medical School GP Sharon liaises with students regarding their progress. She coordinates the assessment meetings concerned with standard setting and contributes greatly to the other clinical assessments in years two and four. She has a master's in Medical Education and uses the skills learned on it to phenomenal effect. 

Swansea University Medical School healthcare professionals‌Pictured clockwise from top left: Dr Helen Gripper, Dr Jayne Dawkins, Collette Hill and Dr Sharon Hartwell

Collette, a nurse by background, quickly identified ways to make it easier for clinicians to assess students in practical and diagnostic skills. Her development of an in-house app has proved exceptionally useful and invaluable to both students and staff alike. 

Pramodh was appointed to take over paediatric speciality teaching in the GEM programme and has become a driving force in developing the clinical attachment. He has also introduced new initiatives that have made the placement a popular one with students, as well as introducing students to paediatric medicine.

The winners will be revealed at ceremony in Cardiff on Wednesday 29 March.