This year the Royal College of Pathologists launched its RCPath Excellence Awards: a scheme to help celebrate excellence in pathology practice and promote high standards in pathology education, training and research. Congratulations to Ashleigh Dadson-Butt, Dr Rebecca Gorton, Professor Peter Chiodini and the UK NEQAS parasitology team who all received awards at the College’s annual dinner on 12th June.
Ashleigh Dadson-Butt is an advanced specialist biomedical scientist and training and development manager for HSL’s infection sciences department. She won an award for her work developing a structured curriculum in laboratory practice for core infection trainees, an induction day for rotational doctors interacting with the laboratory, and case-based sessions for higher specialist trainees. The highly-regarded programme has received excellent feedback and would not have been possible without Ashleigh’s dedication and passion for delivering the highest standards of training.
Dr Rebecca Gorton is a senior clinical scientist with specialist experience in the field of medical mycology. Based in a dedicated mycology laboratory at HSL, Rebecca’s work focuses on the advanced diagnosis of invasive fungal infections (IFI) in immunocompromised patients. In the design of a new mycology service, she has led a team of highly dedicated scientists who together have transformed the care of patients at risk of IFI, such as those with haematological malignancies, at the Royal Free Hospital. She has personally led every step of the journey from design to delivery to where it matters the most – patient care.
Professor Peter Chiodini and the UK NEQAS (External Quality Assessment Services) parasitology team won an award for their trailblazing approach to education and training. The team is renowned for its high-quality training workshops and educational roadshows which have helped to improve standards of parasitology practice across the UK, Ireland and worldwide. Sessions are extremely popular, and delegates particularly appreciate being taught by staff with many years of laboratory experience and expertise.
Announcing the winners, Professor Jo Martin, President of the Royal College of Pathologists, said: “The winners of the RCPath Excellence Awards for 2019 exemplify the best of pathology practice. It’s wonderful to celebrate the amazing contribution pathologists and colleagues make to patient care. The winners combine dedication and commitment, going beyond the day-to-day to improve the working lives of their colleagues and the health and care of patients.”