Matt takes title for commitment to podiatry

Presentation to Matt Rothwell

Thu, 10 Mar 2016 09:49:00 GMT

Huddersfield Podiatric Surgeon Matt Rothwell wins the Celebrating Excellence Student/Trainee/Apprentice of the Year Award

A REGISTERED podiatrist and senior lecturer in podiatry at the University of Huddersfield, has been awarded the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust (MYHT) Celebrating Excellence Student/Trainee/Apprentice of the Year Award.  

Matt Rothwell collected the award at the annual ‘multi-professional’ award ceremony, which recognises people from across the Trust who go the ‘extra mile’ every day to deliver a great service. 

The Student/Trainee/Apprentice of the Year Award is given to individual who has successfully combined practical skills with progress in obtaining formal qualifications.  Matt Rothwell was picked out “for his commitment to developing the service over the years, his patient reported outcome measures and quality assurance through audit”.  The judges based their decisions on the Trust’s four values: Caring, High Standards, Respect and Improving and how each entrant demonstrated each of these as well as how they contributed to the organisation’s Striving for Excellence objectives.

Matt Rothwell “I was delighted to be nominated and to win this award,” said Matt, “and I’m really fortunate to have trained alongside a team of people who consider excellence in patient care and student experience to be a minimum standard.  I am grateful for the support I have received from the University of Huddersfield and Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust throughout my training post and look forward to developing this working relationship now I have completed my training.”

Matt is a senior lecturer in podiatry at the University of Huddersfield, which works collaboratively with the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust and is committed to developing this partnership in the future.  He is now a Podiatric Surgeon having completed his training and gained a fellowship in Podiatric Surgery earlier this year.

The awards were held at a special ceremony at The Unity Works in Wakefield earlier this year with a total of nine categories.  Designed to honour individuals and teams at Pinderfields, Pontefract and Dewsbury hospitals and from the community services in Wakefield and Pontefract, the judges had to sift through over 100 nominations, more than in any other year, to select their winners.  

The judging panel for the student/trainee/apprentice award was made up of the Trust’s Director of Operations, Kevin Oxley, and Director of Pharmacy, Phil Deady, with patient representative Shirley Downes.

Excellent role model

Matt is approaching the end of a three-year attachment at the Pontefract orthopaedic unit as a surgical trainee.  He was nominated by consultant podiatrist and former Huddersfield podiatry lecturer Jim Pickard who recognised how patients often commented on Matt’s professionalism and caring approach, exemplified by his patient experience scores of 83.5% – compared with a College rating of 80% as excellent.

James describes Matt as ‘an excellent role model’ and the professional body has now asked him to be involved in the production of their new training syllabus because of his work with the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust and his teaching experience.

Philip Keeley, Professor of Nursing and Head of Department in Health Sciences at the University of Huddersfield offered his congratulations: “I am delighted that Matt’s achievements are being recognised and proud that the University has been able to support him in achieving his professional qualification as a podiatric surgeon.  The icing on the cake is this award for excellence.

Working with our clinical partners in the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust, I am committed to supporting Matt in further developing his clinical academic role for the benefit of students and patients.”

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