Hard-working Doncaster doctor scoops top teaching award

A leading cardiac physiologist at a Doncaster hospital with a tireless work ethic has had her efforts as a training lead for her department recognised at an annual awards ceremony.

Tuesday, 22nd October 2019, 8:30 am
Updated Tuesday, 29th October 2019, 12:25 pm
The ‘’Teaching Hospital’’ award was scooped up by Chief Cardiac Physiologist, Alexandra Smith.

Alexandra Smith, Chief Cardiac Physiologist at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospital, received the ‘Teaching Hospital prize’ at the annual star awards which took place in September at the Doncaster Dome.

The award was given for her committed approach to supporting students and junior cardio-respiratory staff as well as introducing a variety of new training packages, mentoring apprentices, and assisting others in getting to grips with new tests and examinations.

This accolade is intended to shine a spotlight on those who have gone the extra mile in order to improve the education offering at the Trust.

Specifically, it acknowledges where members of the team at the hospital have made a significant contribution to research, increased the quality of available training opportunities, or just generally helped to develop their colleagues so they can deliver better patient care.

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Speaking after the awards ceremony, Alex said: ‘’I am so touched to have received this award, but it doesn’t really belong to me.

“Ultimately it’s the students who put in all the hard work in and are at the centre of all we do, it has been a very dynamic and fulfilling few years in terms of development and education for healthcare science and having our work recognised in this way is truly an honour. Thank you’’

In addition to making the department a go-to-place for delivering high quality training, Alex has also done some great work outside of the hospital.

Most notably, she has helped shape a new apprentice-level programme, one that gives hospital students access to useful theory at The Sheffield Hallam University.

This new offer helps graduates to emerge as more fully-rounded professionals, ready to treat patients and provide excellent care.

The programme, the first of its kind in the country, is already proving to be incredibly popular and the inaugural cohort will be graduating in July 2020. It is down to Alex’s commitment to training and education, that the Doncaster hospital has been involved with this pioneering scheme.