Two of Trust’s top Physicians named the most inspirational of 2018

Two top Physicians from a North East Trust have been named the most inspirational in the country.

Professor Jane Metcalf and Dr Christopher Wells, both consultants at North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust,  are two of eight Physicians named in the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh’s prestigious ‘Inspiring Physicians from 2018’ list.

The College proudly celebrates physicians from up and down the country who have inspired others through their work and commitment to medicine. Last year they invited Fellows and Members throughout the world to nominate colleagues and physicians who inspire them. The 2018 list included Dr Kate Granger MBE; Dr Saeed Ahmed; Dr Jane Atkinson; Dr Sarah Keir; Professor Khalid Mahmood; Professor Jane Metcalf; Professor Paul Teelucksingh and Dr Christopher Wells.

Professor Jane Metcalf was recognised for developing a programme to facilitate qualified overseas doctors transitio

ning into working in the NHS. The programme includes identifying learning needs through the assessment of clinical skills, a targeted training programme including communication skills, ethical and management frameworks in the NHS and career advice. In addition, they are offered on-going support through buddying, enhanced educational supervision and the opportunity to attend social events to welcome and promote integration.

The programme has been embedded in the Trust for five years and Jane has shared best practice across the North East and Cumbria to enable other organisations to implement a similar programme. The research has been published in Medical Education and was awarded best research paper at the Association of Medical Education in Europe 2016. The research evaluation led to the development of a framework which is now being used to inform the GMCs work in this area.

Subsequently, she has developed a programme to support refugee health care professionals back into practice working with the local Deanery and a charity. The third cohort has now started, bringing the total to 37 participants, 33 of whom are doctors and four are pharmacists. They each have a clinical mentor and support with passing IELTS, then tailored clinical attachments with simulation, clinical and communication training and an external programme of speakers from the GMC, BMA and others. Finally, they are supported in applying for jobs – three have been successful and are now in post at the Trust.

Dr Christopher Wells was awarded for being universally valued and respected by his patients due to his excellent communication skills, his genuine compassion and his commitment to lifelong learning through his inquisitive mind and reflective practice. He is a hugely supportive colleague, the ‘go to’ person for second opinions and a sounding board for his colleagues. He is enormously supportive of junior medical and other colleagues, identifying and addressing training issues in a supportive but challenging manner, always striving to improve patient and colleague experience.

As an excellent interventional endoscopist, Dr Wells regularly trains on local and national colonoscopy courses with the highest positive feedback from participants. He seeks out and instigates service improvements as part of his normal working practices, for example seeking and listening to feedback to help implement an appointment system, ensuring the families of ward patients have easy access to doctors to receive updates about their loved ones health.

Medical Director at North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, Deepak Dwarakanath said: “This is a fantastic accolade for both Professor Metcalf and Dr Wells – I work alongside them both every day and I absolutely agree that they are an inspiration to both patients and staff alike. They are both truly committed to their area of specialism and ensuring that patients get the very best treatment at North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust.”

Professor Jane Metcalf, Deputy Medical Director and Consultant Gastroenterologist at North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust said: “I am delighted to have been named as a top Inspiring Physician in the RCPE’s prestigious list. I am truly passionate about the Overseas Programme and ensuring that we make the most of medical talent in our country, where ever it originates from. I just hope that colleagues up and down the country read my story and get in touch so we can implement it at a national level.”

Consultant Gastroenterologist at North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, Dr Christopher Wells said: “To have been recognised for the level of respect I have gained from my patients as well as my colleagues is truly overwhelming. I have a real passion for my area of work and identifying areas for improvement so that I can continue to deliver the highest level of care for my patients. To have been acknowledged by the RCPE is an honour.”

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