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William Cullen Prize

The William Cullen Prize for Excellence in Teaching and the William Cullen Prize for Service Innovation are awarded in collaboration with the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

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1. William Cullen Prize for Innovation

Fiona Jarvis and Lisa Davidson have developed a specialist service for Hearing Impaired Children aged from birth to three years of age. This small team work within the Acute Speech and Language Therapy Service to optimise a child’s communication potential through early intervention and they have been working together on an innovative approach to improve children’s outcomes, with great success .

Through the employment of a full-time bilingual co-worker (BSL/English), who is profoundly deaf, the team has been able to provide a truly equitable service, which supports children whatever mode of communication is appropriate to their needs. As a result, the development of spoken language skills is greatly accelerated because they have been enabled to develop a language, without delay, in advance of receiving cochlear implants. This has translated into accelerated spoken language development.

2. William Cullen Prize for Teaching

Dr Alastair Ireland and his team have developed an innovative, accessible and real time emergency medicine curriculum to support the delivery of high quality patient care within Glasgow Royal Infirmary.

The development of their online training resource which includes podcasts and webinars greatly supports all clinicians working in the GRI emergency department as well as emergency departments across the West of Scotland and worldwide. There is ongoing development of themes based on staff feedback and educational curriculum is updated each week to ensure all clinicians focus on continuous development of their skills in providing patient care.