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Silver Scalpel Award for College Vice President

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02 Apr 2014

RCSEd Vice President Mr Mike Lavelle-Jones has received one of the most prestigious awards in UK surgery.
Mr Lavelle-Jones (pictured 2nd from right), a colorectal and paediatric surgeon at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee, was named winner of the Silver Scalpel Award by the Association of Surgeons in Training (ASiT) for his outstanding contribution to training in surgery.
On receiving the award, Mr Lavelle-Jones commented: “There are few things in the career of a consultant surgeon more satisfying than steering a surgical trainee from novice through to stand-alone competence. The award from ASIT of the coveted Silver Scalpel is one of the most important moments of my professional life.
“As Vice President of the RCSEd, I know that support and guidance of trainees in the workplace is absolutely vital. I’m particularly pleased that this award has been made while I am serving as an Office Bearer of RCSEd – an organisation which is so strongly committed to supporting trainees.”
After training in Merseyside and completing a research fellowship in San Diego, California, Mr Lavelle-Jones was appointed Consultant General and Paediatric surgeon at Ninewells Hospital and Medical school in 1993.  He has a longstanding involvement with the RCSEd, having served the College as Convener of Examinations, Honorary Secretary and, currently, Vice President.

The highly competitive shortlisting and scoring process began when Mr Lavelle-Jones was nominated for the award by his trainees, who were then interviewed by ASiT, with further endorsement coming from peers and nursing staff who work with Mr Lavelle-Jones. 

Sir Bruce Keogh, Medical Director of the NHS in England, commented: "All three finalists were absolutely outstanding. The ingredient that distinguished the winner was 'inspiration'."
Mr David O’Regan, Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Past ASiT President, and coordinator of the prize, said: “It’s amazing to know trainees are working alongside all the nominees, who are constantly inspiring them to learn, but doing so in a way that is fun and relevant. I am always inspired when I read the initial nominations. We could learn from all of them.”
The ASiT Silver Scalpel Award has been recognising excellence in surgical training since 2000. It is awarded annually to inspirational trainers who have scored highly across five categories: leadership, resourcefulness, training and development, professionalism, and communication.
Mr Lavelle-Jones received the award at the ASiT Annual Conference, held in Belfast from 28-30 March.

To nominate someone for the 2015 award, statements of support of no more than 500 words are invited. Please send nominations to Sarah.Hartley@leedsth.nhs.uk


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