Two clinicians working in NHS Lanarkshire have been awarded the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh’s William Cullen Prize.

Dr Sue Arnott and Professor Robin Taylor were recognised for excellence in service innovation at a regional level, and awarded a copy of one of Dr Cullen’s letters at NHS Lanarkshire’s Awards Ceremony on 17 May 2017 at the Townhouse in Hamilton.

Dr Arnott is a GP at the Burnbrae Medical Practice in Shotts, and the Clinical Lead for the Diabetes Managed Clinical Network in NHS Lanarkshire. In this role she has driven forward the local implementation of the national Improvement Plan for Diabetes. She has also developed the role of diabetes specialty doctor to act as an effective bridge between primary and secondary care. Dr Arnott has also recently led on the application of the holistic House of Care model to support patients living with long term conditions, and has delivered structured and bespoke training to GP practices and specialty teams.

Professor Taylor is a consultant in Respiratory Medicine at Wishaw General Hospital. He has developed and led on the implementation of a range of specialty specific Hospital Anticipatory Care Plans. These plans help ensure that patients receive appropriate end of life care, taking their wishes fully into account.  He has also delivered coaching and awareness sessions for consultants across all specialties, and developed on line teaching materials, to help promote and develop the Plans. 

Dr Tom McKay, Vice President of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, who attended the ceremony on 17 May, 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 in Scotland.

“Dr Arnott and Professor Taylor’s colleagues have described their work as innovative and inspiring, and we are pleased to recognise the contributions they have made to improving care and driving innovation in Lanarkshire”.

Iain Wallace, Medical Director for NHS Lanarkshire, said:

“Both of these clinicians are deserving winners of this award and I am delighted to see them recognised for the work that they do to improve patient experience and care.

“Dr Arnott is an excellent role model who always keeps her patients at the centre of everything that she does. Her colleagues recognise her for the breadth of her knowledge and her enthusiasm to test new ways of working.

“Professor Taylor is known throughout the organisation for his drive and determination. He selflessly gives his own time to spread the message about caring for patients at the end of their life. The dedication he shows to his patients is an inspiration to others.”





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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