New University award in memory of NHS consultant

23 Jul 2010 15:59:06.947

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The University of Nottingham’s Medical School is honouring the memory of a consultant radiologist and teacher with a new award for outstanding teaching within the NHS.

The Peter Twining award is a new prize dedicated to Dr Peter Twining, who sadly died last year. Dr Twining was an NHS Consultant in Diagnostic Imaging based at the Nottingham University Hospital Trust and also a highly-valued teacher of medical students at the University.

It is the first time that the University has made this award which is specifically aimed at honouring and rewarding NHS staff who make a contribution to teaching new generations of medics.

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At the inaugural presentation at the Medical School the award went to Mr Chris Love, a Nottingham University Hospital Trusts pharmacist. Dr Twining’s daughter Gabriella Twining presented him with the prize.

Nottingham’s medical students receive a large part of their training and education in local NHS hospitals, including those in Nottingham, Derby and Lincolnshire. NHS consultants are closely involved in the training of medical students, ensuring that they meet the high standards specified by the General Medical Council.

Dr Peter Twining taught medical students alongside his main role as a consultant in the NHS. He was an internationally acclaimed clinician with a particular interest in medical ultrasound and a specialist in pre-natal diagnosis.

Associate Dean for Medical Education at the University, Professor James Lowe, said: “Peter was a great colleague and an excellent clinical teacher. He was responsible for teaching many of the doctors who have graduated from The University of Nottingham in the past 20 years. It is very fitting that an award has been created to remember his contribution and recognise the same outstanding commitment in clinical teachers in the NHS.”

Bill Smith, Director of Clinical Diagnostic Services, London said:  “Very much admired by his colleagues and friends, he will be missed both professionally and personally by so many. He will be remembered as a very special person who gave so much for the benefit of others and in such an unassuming, genuine manner. His enthusiasm and willingness to help, teach and inspire others in the field of ultrasound creates a vacuum which will never be filled.”

Receiving the award in a ceremony at the Medical School, Mr Chris Love said: “I am delighted and honoured to have received this award. It is a particular privilege to have received this in memory of Dr Peter Twining who has clearly made such a major contribution to medicine and to teaching. Teaching medical students safe prescribing and therapeutics is hugely rewarding, and it is quite humbling to have been nominated for such a prestigious prize. I would just like to say big thank you to all those students who put my name forward for this award.”    

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Notes to editors: The University of Nottingham is ranked in the UK's Top 10 and the World's Top 100 universities by the Shanghai Jiao Tong (SJTU) and Times Higher (THE) World University Rankings.

More than 90 per cent of research at The University of Nottingham is of international quality, according to RAE 2008, with almost 60 per cent of all research defined as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. Research Fortnight analysis of RAE 2008 ranks the University 7th in the UK by research power. In 27 subject areas, the University features in the UK Top Ten, with 14 of those in the Top Five.

The University provides innovative and top quality teaching, undertakes world-changing research, and attracts talented staff and students from 150 nations. Described by The Times as Britain's “only truly global university”, it has invested continuously in award-winning campuses in the United Kingdom, China and Malaysia. Twice since 2003 its research and teaching academics have won Nobel Prizes. The University has won the Queen's Award for Enterprise in both 2006 (International Trade) and 2007 (Innovation — School of Pharmacy), and was named ‘Entrepreneurial University of the Year’ at the Times Higher Education Awards 2008.

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