Teesside Physician named most inspiring in the country

The Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh (RCPE) has named a Teesside Consultant Physician as the most inspiring in the country.

Dr Catherine Monaghan, Clinical Director and Consultant in Acute and Respiratory Medicine at North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust claimed the accolade on International Women’s Day.

The RCPE is proud to celebrate physicians who have inspired others through their work and commitment to medicine. This year they invited Fellows and Members throughout the world to nominate colleagues and physicians who inspire them.

‘Top Inspiring Physician’ is a prestigious award which recognises an individual for their commitment to medicine, their ability to hold equality and diversity at the centre of their work and an outstanding ability to inspire their peers.

Dr Catherine Monaghan was nominated by the Trust’s Deputy Medical Director, Professor Jane Metcalf. Professor Metcalf explains ‘I am inspired by Dr Monaghan’s work every single day. Cath has worked at the Trust and in the region for over 20 years, as a doctor in training, specialty doctor and consultant.  She has a ‘can do’ attitude which translates into every area of her professional life to enhance patient care.’

‘She has developed, implemented and championed new pathways to improve care for patients and their families whilst reducing the length of time they have to spend in hospital.  Her mantra is always to consider the patient, their loved ones and the staff above all else.  Cath is a compassionate and excellent physician, she leads by example and ensures her colleagues are inspired, supported and challenged to always improve the care they provide.’

Dr Catherine Monaghan said ‘I was completely overwhelmed to hear the RCPE have named me the Top Inspiring Physician of 2019. I have committed my working life to pursuing my ambition of becoming a doctor, and my personal life to bringing up three wonderful daughters, addressing many challenges along the way. To have received this news on International Women’s Day is certainly poignant, and has prompted some reflection. Growing up as a student at a local comprehensive in Thornaby, the insinuation was that I should probably set my ambitions a bit lower. Since then ‘why should it not be me’ has always been my mantra in my career. I am now a consultant in acute and respiratory medicine, a Clinical Director, an advisor to the Royal College of Physicians around Quality Improvement in healthcare, and now I have been named as the most Inspirational Physician in the country by the Royal College of Physicians. The sky really is the limit.”

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