Leicester academic receives award for outstanding service to medical students

Posted by ap507 at Jan 18, 2016 09:20 AM |
Dr Nassir Siddique receives accolade

Issued by Kettering General Hospital NHS on 18 January

  • 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.

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 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 Shelley 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."

Shelley said: “I am delighted that the efforts of myself and the administration team are recognised by the students that we work hard to support.”

What the students said:

Both Consultant in Respiratory Medicine, Dr Nasir Siddique, and Foundation and Undergraduate Co-ordinator, Shelley Gardiner, received numerous nominations from medical students for their work. Here are some extracts from them.

Dr Siddique

“I have not met a more dedicated teacher. He was always approachable, enthusiastic and encouraging in every aspect of his teaching. His enthusiasm was catching and he inspires medical students that their job will be enjoyable.”

“Dr Siddique is one of the few teachers I have come across on my placements whose eagerness to teach matches our eagerness to learn. From the moment we arrived in Kettering he made it his priority to find out what we needed/wanted to learn and endeavoured to make this possible.”

“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.”

Shelley Gardiner

“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.”

“I have had a number of out blocks – Lincoln, Boston, Northampton and Kettering. I actually chose to go back to Kettering as Shelley was so helpful. She is exceptionally good at communicating.”

“Because she has such a good relationship with clinicians she can organise a teaching session that we desire with the appropriate person and in the appropriate setting. Shelley’s open door policy also means that she is easy to reach and always able to help with any questions we have.”

Editor’s Note:

In March 2012 Kettering General Hospital was granted Affiliated Teaching Hospital status by University of Leicester Medical School for its consistently high standard of education for medical students. The affiliation was a recognition of the hospital’s work over more than 20 years in helping to educate thousands of medical students from Leicester Medical School.

For more information contact:

David Tomney

Media and Communications Manager

Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Email: david.tomney@kgh.nhs.uk

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