Two clinicians in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde have been awarded the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh’s William Cullen Prize.

Dr Janet Gardiner-Medwin accepted the prize for Excellence in Teaching on behalf of a team of trainers at the Royal Hospital for Children. Mr Lech Rymaszewski was given a prize for Excellence in Innovation, recognising his work in developing and disseminating the Glasgow Fracture Clinic redesign pathway.

The prizes were awarded at NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s Celebrating Success staff dinner on 7 November 2016.

Elaine Tait, College Chief Executive Officer, said:

“We are pleased to recognise the excellent contribution the trainers at the Royal Hospital for Children have made in delivering undergraduate and postgraduate medical education in child health and paediatrics over a period of several years.

“Mr Rymaszewski’s fracture clinic concept has spread rapidly all over the UK and beyond enhancing Glasgow's openness to change and innovation.  His innovative approach to the delivery of health care continues to inspire others within the health service.

“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”.

Mr John Brown, Chairman, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde said:

“Last night’s event was to celebrate and applaud the achievements of colleagues who have demonstrated outstanding levels of skill, dedication, professionalism and patient care.

“This is the first year the William Cullen Prize has been presented at our Celebrating Success Event and I am delighted that Dr Gardiner-Medwin and Mr Rymaszewski have been recognised by the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh for their exceptional work.”


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Notes to Editors:

  1. The Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh is an independent standard-setting body and professional membership organisation. The College’s aim is to improve and maintain the quality of patient care. The College 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 (link is external)
  4. More information on the Glasgow Fracture Clinic can be found here