The Clinical Educators team at the Golden Jubilee National Hospital has been awarded the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh William Cullen Prize.

The Team was presented with the prize, which recognises excellence in teaching, following the Golden Jubilee Foundation public Annual Review on Monday 23 October 2017, by the Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary for Health, Shona Robison; and College Vice President Dr Tom Mackay.

The team works across specialties including cardiology and orthopaedics, and across the hospital from theatre and critical care to the outpatient department.

Anne Marie Cavanagh, Nurse Director, Golden Jubilee Foundation said:

“This team has key roles in supporting staff at every step of their careers within the Golden Jubilee and has worked cohesively for a number of years.  Whilst they have specialist knowledge and skills in their own speciality and are firmly rooted in their clinical areas; they support each other as a team for wider clinical education work and work together on several projects and teaching days. 

“They implement our goals and objectives and ensure that all nursing staff are equipped with the skills and knowledge required for safe and compassionate person centred care”.

Dr Tom Mackay, College Vice-President, who presented the team with a copy of one of Dr Cullen’s letters said:

“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.

“The clinical educators at the Golden Jubilee Hospital make sure that staff are competent and confident in delivering specialised care, and in ensuring the safe implementation and use of new medical equipment”.


College Contact: Sara Collier Tel: 0131 247 3658

Golden Jubilee Foundation Contact:  Tel: 0141 951 5073/5195/5175. Mobile/out of hours: Call switchboard on 0141 951 5000 and ask for ‘On Call Communications’

Notes to Editors:

  1. The Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh (“the College”) 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
  4. A national institution, independently run by its own NHS Board, the Golden Jubilee Foundation* is helping to redefine the concept of the public hospital, with a vision of ‘Leading quality, research and innovation’ for NHSScotland.

The Golden Jubilee Foundation family includes:

  • Golden Jubilee National Hospital (charity number SC045146);
  • Golden Jubilee Research Institute;
  • Golden Jubilee Innovation Centre; and
  • Golden Jubilee Conference Hotel.

* The NHS National Waiting Times Centre continues to be the legal name for the Board.

5. Photo shows:  (L-R)

  • Stewart MacKinnon, Interim Chair, Golden Jubilee Foundation
  • Jill Young, Chief Executive, Golden Jubilee Foundation
  • Clinical Education team
  • Shona Robison MSP, Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport
  • Dr Tom Mackay, College Vice-President