Dr Grant Rodney, Lead for Paediatric Anaesthesia, Ninewells Hospital, has been awarded the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh’s William Cullen prize for excellence in service innovation in NHS Tayside.

The prize was awarded to Dr Rodney during the weekly ‘Grand Rounds’ at Ninewells Hospital and Medical School on Thursday 1 December.


Dr Rodney was nominated by his colleagues in the paediatric service, who said:

“Dr Grant Rodney has been a visionary, inspirational, hard-working and doggedly determined lead for paediatric anaesthesia in Ninewells for almost 20 years. During that time he has overseen and driven vast improvements in the paediatric service in Dundee, and he continues to strive for more with a plan for development of a new twin theatre paediatric theatre suite next to the main Children’s ward.

“He is an outstanding, highly regarded and dedicated clinician, coming in to review patients at the weekend (when not on-call) and generally going beyond the call of duty”.

Dr Alasdair Mackie, Fellow of the College,  presented Dr Rodney with a copy of one of Dr Cullen’s letters, and said:

“We are pleased to recognise the excellent contribution Dr Rodney has made to improving the paediatric service in NHS Tayside, working to create the current set-up which includes a Paediatric Surgical suite, Children’s Day Surgery ward and dedicated anaesthetic and resuscitation cover.

“The Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh has members and Fellows all over the world, but this prize particularly recognises excellence at a local level in Scotland”.



Contact: Sara Collier, RCPE - 0131 247 3658 / s.collier@rcpe.ac.uk

Notes to Editors:

  1. The Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh (RCPE) is an independent standard-setting body and professional membership organisation. The College’s aim is to improve and maintain the quality of patient care. RCPE helps qualified doctors to pursue their careers in specialist (internal) medicine through medical examinations, education and training. It also provides resources and information to support and facilitate professional development for physicians throughout their careers.
  2. The William Cullen Prize was created in 2016 to recognise excellence in teaching or service innovation at a regional level.
  3. William Cullen (1710-1790) was the most influential medical lecturer of his generation, and drew thousands of students to the Edinburgh Medical School. As the pre-eminent Scottish medical figure of his day, Cullen’s opinion was in high demand and people wrote to him from around the world requesting his advice on treatments. An archive of his private consultation letters can be found at http://cullenproject.ac.uk/