HYWEL Dda Surgical Speciality Doctor, Sujatha Udayasankar, has been honoured by the Wales Deanery at an event hosted by the British Medical Association (BMA) at the National Museum in Cardiff.

Dr Udayasankar was awarded the prestigious Wales Deanery’s ‘Staff and Associate Specialist Award for Clinical Service Innovation’ in recognition of a range of clinical and academic activities, notably, the string of quality improvement activities she initiated at the Breast Care Unit at Prince Phillip Hospital, Llanelli.

Commenting on her achievement Dr Udayasankar said “It is a proud and inspiring moment of my career. I am greatly honoured to receive the BEST Award for Clinical Innovation 2017. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Breast Care team, Prince Philip Hospital, Surgical Directorate and Hywel Dda UHB for their inspiration, support and guidance.

“This award is recognition of the importance of quality improvement within the NHS. I aspire to drive and encourage a strong culture of quality improvement within clinical teams at a multidisciplinary level to improve patient safety, efficiency and clinical effectiveness.”

Professor Peter Donnelly, Interim Postgraduate Dean at the Wales Deanery, said: “The Wales Deanery is extremely proud to have developed the BEST awards in recognition of the high standards of medical and dental education in Wales. Once again, the standards have been exceptional, and reflect the time and commitment from those doctors and dentists at the forefront of training and education. The BEST awards are a fitting celebration for all those nominated by their trainees for the time, care and effort they put into the role on a daily basis.”

Congratulating Dr Udayasankar on her award Phil Kloer – Medical Director & Director of Clinical Strategy said “We are all extremely proud here at Hywel Dda of the achievements of Dr Udayasankar. This award is testimony to all the hard work, dedication and commitment she has shown not only to her team but also in implementing new processes and procedures which have improved the patient experience in her department here at Hywel Dda.”

The annual BEST awards are part of the BMA/BMJ Clinical Teacher of the Year Awards, which is a collaboration between Cardiff Medical School, Swansea Medical School and the Wales Deanery.

The award was presented by Prof Peter Donnelly, the Dean of Wales Deanery, Dr Ian Collings Deputy Dean and Mr Raj Nirula Associate Dean (SAS doctors).

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