George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust is delighted to announce that Christopher Meally was recently awarded ‘Physician Associate of the Year’ at the Faculty of Physician Associates Annual Conference 2017, held at the Royal College of Physicians.
This national award recognises dedicated individuals who are committed to delivering excellent patient care, are exemplary members of the multi-disciplinary team, and are advocates for the profession.
Physician Associates (PAs) are a pioneering role within the NHS and have been successfully employed at the George Eliot Hospital for more than five years, with 14 currently in post. PAs are medically trained healthcare professionals who work alongside doctors to perform various duties of care such as taking medical histories, performing examinations, diagnosing illnesses, analysing test results and developing management plans for patients. PAs are dependent practitioners who work with a dedicated medical supervisor, but are able to work autonomously with support.
Christopher was the first PA to join the Trust in August 2011. He was nominated for the award by colleagues Compliance Manager, Norma Clark, and Consultant Cardiologist, Dr Mahdi Halim. Norma said; “It was clear from the start that Christopher brought a raft of enthusiasm and skill to the role and his commitment to making a difference to patient care, patient experience and the patient journey was evident for all to see.”
As well as the Physician Associate of the Year Award, Christopher also took home second place for his poster presentation which described the trust-wide improvement initiative he implemented around Acute Kidney Injury. Christopher’s colleague, Teresa Dowsing, who was part of the organising committee for the conference, won first place in this category for her poster detailing her work as part of the Frailty Team.
As part of the conference George Eliot PA, Pete Gorman, gave a fantastically received lecture on men's health.
All in all a very successful event for the George Eliot Hospital!