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York diabetes expert awarded National Teaching Fellowship

Posted on 8 December 2016

A University of York specialist practitioner has been awarded a National Teaching Fellowship - the most prestigious individual award for excellence in teaching in higher education.

Anne Phillips, Senior Lecturer in Diabetes Care in the Department of Health Sciences, is one of 55 higher education staff from institutions across the UK to receive the award from the Higher Education Academy (HEA).

Recognising excellent practice and outstanding achievement, each National Teaching Fellow will receive £5,000 to support their professional development in teaching and learning.

Anne, who leads a range of innovative health professional programmes and a team of nurse lectures in the Department, trained as a Registered General Nurse at St Bartholomew's Hospital in London, going on to work at Charing Cross Hospital, then into primary care as a District Nurse, before becoming a Diabetes Specialist Nurse in London and Yorkshire.

Winning the Quality in Care (QIC) and Diabetes UK award for Outstanding Educator in Diabetes in 2014, she was also part of a team who won a QIC Award for work in collaboration with Leeds Children's Hospital around Children and Young Persons Diabetes services in 2013. In 2016, she was recognised as a Queen’s Nurse.

Over the years, Anne has developed innovative diabetes care programmes designed to produce confident and reflective practitioners. Making significant contributions to national and international diabetes education policy and guidance, her work includes virtual case assessments, podcasts, business case preparation and ‘writing for publication’ assessments.

Anne said: “It is an honour and privilege to be recognised for teaching and scholarship in this way - I feel very humble indeed.”

She will use the award to continue to develop education and relationships with colleagues working in diabetes care internationally. 

In 2012, she was awarded University of York Supervisor of the Year. At the time, one of the comments from a nursing student stated: “Anne is one in a million, she goes above and beyond for all her students, despite her very busy schedule she never stops giving support and encouraging us to be the very best and do the very best we can.”

Professor Marshall, Chief Executive of the HEA, said: “I am so pleased the HEA has the opportunity to run these awards, and to help to disseminate the best practice they reveal. Celebrating great teaching, whether by teams or individuals, is really important and highlights just some of the great work in the sector to improve the student experience. All the awards provide compelling case studies of best practice which we can share around the sector.”

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