Awards for the Cardiff and Vale Trainee Doctors Transforming Healthcare


Two of Cardiff and Vale University Health Board’s outstanding trainee doctors were honoured with prestigious BEST Trainee Awards this month for their passion and commitment to transforming healthcare for the people of Wales.

Held on 7th March at St David’s Hotel, the awards are organised by Health Education and Improvement Wales (HEIW), a health authority within NHS Wales that leads in training, educating and shaping the Welsh healthcare workforce. Two of HEIW’s key functions are development and modernisation, which is where the BEST Awards come in – the awards are all about celebrating those who are innovating and making a positive difference to the face of healthcare in Wales.  

Dr Lucy Bigham, a Psychiatry Trainee, won Outstanding Contribution to Innovation and Technology by designing a self-help app for those who suffer from depression and anxiety. Her project aims to aid recovery for patients, providing a better understanding of the behaviour of the patient at home in respect to the periodic goals set by the Psychiatrist and Community Psychiatric Nurses through location monitoring.

Dr Isra Hassan, an Anaesthetics Trainee, won an the award for Medical/Dental Education by delivering peri-operative medicine education and training as a relatively new speciality. Dr Hassan organised, designed and delivered teaching sessions within Cardiff & Vale UHB, offering interactive lectures and simulation stations to 104 Foundation Programme Doctors.

Alex Howells, Chief Executive of HEIW, said: “The BEST Trainee Awards celebrate the enormous contribution that doctors and dentists in training make to healthcare in Wales. It was brilliant to see so many trainees from across a range of training programmes being recognised for their dedication and hard work.” 

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