Glittering awards night celebrates teaching excellence at Hull York Medical School

25 May 2022
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On Tuesday 24 May, over 140 guests came together to celebrate the exceptional medical education and support provided to Hull York Medical School Medicine and Physician Associate students, at the School’s annual Teaching Excellence Awards. 

The glittering event, hosted in person for the first time since 2019, saw prizes awarded in seven categories, and was attended by primary and secondary care tutors and senior representatives from the School’s NHS Trust and University partners, as well as clinical skills and problem based learning (PBL) tutors, support colleagues, student liaison teams and students. 

The student-led Teaching Excellence Awards provide an opportunity for students on the undergraduate Medicine and postgraduate Physician Associate Studies programmes to recognise those tutors and colleagues who have gone the extra mile to support them in their studies, on clinical placement or in PBL sessions, as well as in a pastoral or extra-curricular capacity. 

Presenting duties were undertaken by a mixture of Medicine and Physician Associate students, who were given the opportunity to share some of the comments about winners, submitted as part of the nominations process. 

Student Chair of the Hull York Medical School Student Staff Committee Elisha De-Alker welcomed guests on behalf of the student body. She said:

I am so excited to be able to celebrate something so positive with our staff and students here tonight: the exceptional teaching and pastoral care that so many individuals and teams within Hull York Medical School provide. The members of staff sitting here tonight have been identified as an inspirational and edifying force by their students due to their knowledge, passion, understanding and mentorship. It is you who shape the professionals we will become, and subsequently the attitude we have to teaching and mentoring those students that come after us.

Welcoming guests to the event, Dean of Hull York Medical School Professor Una Macleod said:

The awards recognise the commitment of our tutors to providing not just medical education, but exceptional medical education. This is what makes us a different kind of medical school: our students don’t just become doctors and Physician Associates, they become brilliant doctors and Physician Associates, fully equipped with the skills they need to succeed in an ever-changing NHS.

View a complete list of this year's nominees and awards criteria

Winners of the 2022 Teaching Excellence Awards 

Phase I Medicine and Medicine with a Gateway Year Tutor of Excellence Award 

Dr Megan Chown
, PBL/Clinical Skills Tutor, Hull 

"A fabulous source of pastoral and academic support"  

"Amazingly friendly and reliable"  

"A rock for her students"  

Dr Theresa Rutter, Clinical Placement Tutor - Primary Care, Tang Hall Lane Surgery (Priory Medical Group), York 

"An outstanding teacher" whose "patient-centred approach to care sets a great example to students", and whose teaching was an "undisputed highlight" of the year for her students

Dr Justin Wilkinson, PBL/Clinical Skills Tutor, Hull 

"A brilliant tutor" who "goes above and beyond to deliver exceptional education in Phase I", and who "empowers students to become more confident"  

Dr Manjula Vakkund, Clinical Placement Tutor - Primary Care, Hessle Grange Medical Practice

"Teaches clinical skills so well that her students have been complimented on them when on placement"  

"Caring, welcoming, and extremely inclusive - ensuring that all students feel confident to engage in discussion, and learn from each other"  


Nursing & Allied Health Professions Award 

Michelle Martin
, Advanced Nurse Practitioner, Ashby Turn Primary Care Centre, Scunthorpe 

"Welcoming and inclusive", offering "fantastic insights into her experiences as a nurse" and "setting a great example in the way she cares for patients"  

Emma Harrison and Catherine Thomas, Registered Nurses (Cardiac Monitoring Bay), Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust 

"Play a massive part in making students on placement feel welcome, and part of the healthcare team"  

"Offer the best possible learning opportunities by recommending patients for us to speak to, and testing us on what we have learned"  

Physician Associate Tutor of Excellence Award 

Dr Georgina Wildgoose
, Clinical Placement Tutor - Primary Care, Snaith & Rawcliffe Practice, Goole 

"Incredibly warm" 

"Offers constructive and engaging learning opportunities" 

"Plays a major part in the development of our academic confidence and skills as Physician Associates"  

Mr Androniks Mumdzjans, Clinical Placement Tutor - Secondary Care (OBGYN), Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust 

"Highly skilled at bringing theory to life by involving students in all aspects of the rotation"  

"Takes every opportunity to teach and explain"  

"Simply a great mentor"  


Phase II & III Tutor of Excellence Award 

Dr Eloise Dexter
, Clinical Teaching Fellow, Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

"Goes out of her way to teach in an innovative, fun and informative way"  

"Pushes us to develop our history taking and examination skills"  

"Teaches with immense passion and enthusiasm"  

Dr Kaushik Bhattacharya, Clinical Placement Tutor - Secondary Care (Cardiologist), Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust 

"A fantastic teacher, able to explain difficult concepts in simple language"  

"His passion and patience when teaching stands out"  

"He provides excellent resources to study from"  

Mr Robin Hughes, Clinical Placement Tutor - Secondary Care (OBGYN), York and Scarborough Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 

"Enormously generous with his time"  

"Engaged students in ethical discussions while providing invaluable learning opportunities"  

"Inspires students to pursue the specialism as a career"  

Dr Alix Jimenez, Clinical Placement Tutor - Primary Care, Ampleforth & Hovingham Surgery, York 

"Offered incredible opportunities to develop our skills and experience in clinical reasoning and developing management plans"  

"Worked in partnership with students to provide feedback and identify ways for us to improve"  

"Demonstrated great care and compassion when dealing with patients"  

Dr Carolien Lino, Clinical Placement Tutor - Primary Care, Manor House Surgery, Bridlington

"An outstanding GP tutor, sharing the very best of general practice with us and showing how rewarding the career can be"  

"Encourages students to work independently while offering great support"  

"Inspires students through an obvious dedication to patients and their well-being"  

Dr Jamal Omara, Clinical Placement Tutor - Primary Care, Bridge Street Surgery, Brigg 

"Incredibly supportive, setting a positive example through exceptional communication skills"  

"Educating us on the importance of treating the patient, not just the condition"  

"Tailored teaching according to what works best for each student"  


Administrative Support Award 

Jane Lloyd
, Undergraduate Programme Officer, Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust  

"Extremely organised and communicative"  

"Helpful and available"  

"Greatly appreciated for the many, many small ways in which she supports students"  

Diane Dickinson and Dena Larvin, Education Assistant, Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and Student Liaison Officer, Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust 

"A true problem solver, and a force of nature"  

"An advocate for student experience"  

"Organised, caring and responsive"  


Team Excellence Award 

Sherburn Group Practice
, Sherburn in Elmet 

"Enthusiastic, encouraging and constructive"  

"Provided students with invaluable learning experiences"  

"Offered excellent support, both academic and pastoral"  

Scarborough Clinical Skills Team 

"Committed to going above and beyond to support and train students"  

"Bring enthusiasm and excitement to our learning"  

"Always being there for us"  

The York Hospital Cardiology Department 

"A learning experience that is second to none"  

"Every member of the team, be it the staff on CCU, junior doctors, senior doctors or consultants went above and beyond to ensure we got the best education"  

Hull Clinical Skills Team 

"Extremely knowledgeable and supportive"  

"Spare no effort to deliver a comprehensive training programme"  

"Deliver teaching with great humour, kindness and reassurance"  

Acomb and Woodthorpe Surgeries, York Medical Group 

"Incredibly welcoming"  

"Make students feel part of the team while offering great teaching"  

"Provide true inspiration for our careers in Medicine"  

Grimsby SLO Team 

"A cohesive team, dedicated to student experience"  

"Extremely knowledgeable"  

"Highly responsive to student feedback"  


Exceptional Contribution to Student Experience Award 

Professor David Hepburn
, PPT Lead, Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust 

"Stellar efforts in delivering outstanding teaching during Covid, using the pandemic as an opportunity to offer enhanced and innovative teaching"  

"An all round great person and tutor, widely respected and liked by students"  

"An engaging and supportive teacher"  

"A guiding light throughout our time at medical school"