University of Cambridge award senior clinical tutor title to two members of staff

Caroline Kirby, undergraduate clinical skills and simulation tutor, and Dr Will Topping, consultant cardiothoracic radiologist, have been awarded the title of senior clinical tutor for their regular contribution to the clinical teaching of students studying an undergraduate medicine degree at the University of Cambridge. Caroline is also the Trust’s first nurse to achieve this accolade.

The role of a senior clinical tutor includes:

  • undertaking duties as regional internal examiners,
  • contributing to regional undergraduate teaching symposia,
  • supporting, within the Trust, the interests of the students of the clinical school at the University of Cambridge.

Above: Caroline Kirby and Dr Will Topping

Speaking about the award, Will said:

“My role as a consultant radiologist when teaching medical students is to deliver the curriculum with a focus on developing safe junior doctors, who are confident and competent. Delivering an educated and safe workforce for the future is part of our oath we take when we graduate as a doctor. I am very proud to receive this title from the University of Cambridge.”

Caroline said:

“I feel that it’s very important for junior doctors to gain hands-on experience whilst they study. We are one of the only trusts within the East of England and University College London network that offer a shadowing programme for final year students with the critical care outreach team, which involves the management of critically unwell and deteriorating patients.

“It’s a great honour to receive this title, as it recognises how, as senior nurses, we are making a huge impact on the education of junior doctors.”

Caroline and Will have now joined 27 other members of staff at the Trust as senior clinical tutors at the University of Cambridge, including staff from: anaesthetics, breast surgery, children’s services, colorectal surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, emergency and acute medicine, general surgery, haematology, medicine for the elderly, ophthalmology, radiology, renal medicine, respiratory medicine, rheumatology, stroke services and urology.