A number of healthcare professionals in Glasgow have been awarded the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh’s William Cullen Prize.

Dr Graham Naismith and Mr Allan Boal accepted the innovation prize on behalf of the Clyde Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Team; and Dr Wai Imrie and Dr Stephen Byers collected the teaching prize on behalf of the General Psychiatric Team from Leverndale Hospital.

The prizes were awarded at NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s Celebrating Success Event on 6 November 2017.

Dr Jennifer Armstrong, Medical Director, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde said: 

“The work by the Clyde IBD team has helped patients take ownership over the management of this chronic disease.   Their work has been shared nationally and their approaches adopted widely in other areas of the Health Service. 

“A recent GMC National Training Survey gave the team from Leverndale the most green flags for a training department. This recognises well established rotation, a group on consultants with a strong interest in training and support from medical managers”.

Prof. Andrew Collier, College Membership Secretary, who presented the recipients 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.

“We are pleased to recognise the contributions that these teams have made both in training the healthcare workforce, and in supporting and treating patients”.


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 http://cullenproject.ac.uk/






Sara Collier

Contact: Sara Collier s.collier@rcpe.ac.uk 0131 247 3658