Cardiff Professor Receives National Award from RCGP
Professor John Bligh, the School of Medicine's Dean of Medical Education, has been awarded the prestigious William Pickles Lectureship and medal.
Professor John Bligh, Dean of Medical Education at Cardiff University School of Medicine, has received a major award from the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) in recognition of his leadership in medical education. Professor Bligh was awarded a silver medal and the RCGP William Pickles Lectureship at its recent Spring Meeting in London.
As part of the award, Professor Bligh, a Fellow of the RCGP, was invited to deliver a distinguished lecture on the subject of medical education. The title of his speech was ‘Just a Teacher’ and he used the opportunity to press for better training and recognition of medical teachers as a way of raising standards of medical teaching in order to improve the care given to patients and their families.
During his talk, he described the groundbreaking work that is taking place in Wales, where the medical schools at Swansea and Cardiff, the Wales Deanery and the clinical school at Bangor are working with the General Medical Council and the NHS throughout the country in order to develop educational strategies that will take practitioners seamlessly through medical school, through the junior doctor stage and will carry on throughout their clinical practice. To do this, he said, medical educators and medical education need to become more professionalised, with more career recognition and support, better specialist training and a fair share of resources.
Professor Derek Gallen, Postgraduate Dean at Cardiff University and the Wales Deanery and himself a Fellow of the RCGP, said: “This is a tremendous tribute to John Bligh’s personal scholarship and a recognition of his outstanding leadership in the field of medical education. I am particularly delighted that John took the opportunity to underline the importance of raising teaching standards among doctors. Welsh medical education providers are working together to introduce standards and training across the board for all our medical teachers. This is an important step forward in improving healthcare education for the benefit of patients, and something of which we in Wales can be very proud.”
A former family doctor, Professor Bligh subsequently became head of the department of health care education at the University of Liverpool. He joined the foundation staff of the Peninsula Medical School in 2001, leading on curriculum design and quality assurance and moved to Cardiff in 2009 to lead the development of the new Cardiff curriculum, known as C21.
Professor Bligh was the editor of Medical Education, the leading international journal in scientific education, from 1997 to 2005. He was the first elected President of the Academy of Medical Educators, has extensive international experience of curriculum modernisation at undergraduate and postgraduate levels and has published widely in the field of medical education.
The William Pickles lectureship, inaugurated in 1968, is awarded in memory of the first President of the Royal College of General Practitioners. It is usually on the theme of medical education.
- 17th May 2012