By Debbie McKelvey
Dr Anne Delargy who heads up the team at the local surgery, received the Robin Harland Award for ‘Excellence in Undergraduate Medical Education’ at the annual tutor meeting, on Wednesday, September 9, at QUB’s Riddel Hall.
“We feel very honoured, very surprised and very unworthy,” she said, speaking on behalf of the practice.
“We train medical students in their third year from Queens.
“They are attached to our surgery for three weeks, where we show them the ropes of general practice.
“Last year we had two students with us who spent time both in the surgery and also out on house visits with McMillan nurses and district nurses.”
GPs shortlisted for the Robin Harland Award are all nominated by their own students for the ‘best teaching practice prize’.
“Queen’s make them fill in a form about their experience and one of our students wrote a glowing report about us,” continued Dr Delargy.
“The student said that everybody at the practice had made her feel so welcome and she talked about how she had enjoyed her experience with us.” The Banbridge Group Surgery feels investing in education is important for the future of the profession.
“Taking on students does put a time pressure on the practice and an added burden, but patients have been very good in letting the students sit in and learn,” said Dr Delargy.
“We recognise the importance of education and we see so much value in it that of course is reaped back in the longer term”.
A mother-of-two, Dr Delargy is a former QUB medical student and a past-pupil of Our Lady’s Grammar School, Newry.
“She has worked as a GP with the Banbridge surgery for five years.
“This award is down to everybody on the team. I’m in a lead role but it’s down to everybody and their hard work - there’s no ‘i’ in team,” she added.
The award, which is administered by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) in conjunction with School of Medicine at Queen’s University, was presented this year by Dr Shauna Fannin, Vice-Chair of the RCGP NI and Dr Drew Gilliland to Dr Ann Delargy and the Banbridge Medical Practice.
The annual GP tutors’ meeting was this year attended by 150 GP tutors and university faculty.
The event was opened by professor Patrick Johnston, Vice Chancellor of the University and the keynote speech on ‘Resilience’ was delivered by professor Amanda Howe, professor of Primary Care, University of East Anglia, Vice-Chair of RCGP council and President Elect of the World Organisation of Family Doctors.