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Awards recognise excellence in both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.

Dr Helen Salisbury, Professor Carl Heneghan and Dr Suzanne Stewart have been recognised for their excellent contribution to teaching at the University of Oxford.

The annual Medical Sciences Division Teaching Excellence Awards recognises and rewards excellence in teaching, supervision, organisation and development of teaching, and support for teaching and learning within a research-intensive environment.

Through this year's awards, department lecturers Dr Helen Salisbury and Professor Carl Heneghan scoop lifetime achievement awards, which recognise a sustained commitment to education throughout their career. Dr Suzanne Stewart, a GP Tutor based in Kidlington, has been awarded an excellent teacher award.

Dr Helen Salisbury, Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer, has for many years been responsible for teaching and coordinating the communication skills course for medical undergraduates at Oxford. Helen also recruits and trains tutors and simulated patients who work with the students to improve their communication with patients, as well as providing coaching to individual students.

A regular columnist for the BMJ and part-time GP in central Oxford, Helen is a member of the department's Health Experience Research Group. Her research focuses on the use of recorded patient experience in medical education, and she is currently working to improve the involvement of patients and the public in designing the medical curriculum in the Oxford University Medical School

Professor Carl Heneghan, Professor of Evidence Based Medicine, is the Director of the Evidence-Based Healthcare Postgraduate Programme. Carl also teaches on the undergraduate programme and is a part-time NHS Urgent Care GP. Since its launch in 2000, the Masters programme has grown into one of the most successful taught postgraduate courses in the University. Carl and his research and teaching team in the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine are recognised experts in the fields of EBM, knowledge translation and education. They create a learning environment where clinicians and other health professionals, policymakers and researchers can learn from those at the forefront of developing and implementing better evidence for clinical practice.

Twice voted one of the top 100 NHS clinical leaders by the Health Service Journal, Carl is also editor in Chief of BMJ Evidence-Based Medicine and an active contributor of research evidence to inform public discourse on important medical issues such as flu antivirals and transvaginal mesh surgery.

Dr Suzanne Stewart is a GP Tutor for the undergraduate medical students undertaking primary care modules. A GP partner and carers lead at Gosford Hill Medical Centre in Kidlington, Suzanne has a particular interest in mental health, women's health and addiction. She is also a tutor in substance misuse for the Royal College of General Practitioners and undertakes a role as an appraiser of other GPs in the Oxford area. 

Commenting on this year's awards, Dr Julian Hancock, Academic Lead for Undergraduate GP Teaching, said: "These awards confirm what we knew already that in Oxford we are fortunate in having a team of truly excellent undergraduate teachers."



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