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                                                                                                                                      Dr Undrill (right) receives his award from Professor Sir Michael Marmot.

Dr Guy Undrill, a consultant psychiatrist with ²gether, has been named Psychiatric Trainer of the Year 2013 by the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

The annual RCPsych Awards mark the highest level of achievement within psychiatry, and are designed to recognise and reward excellent practice in the field of mental health.

Dr Undrill won the award for his significant contribution to the training and education of trainee psychiatrists. He was presented with his trophy by Professor Sir Michael Marmot, at a prestigious ceremony held at the Royal Society of Medicine.

Competition for the RCPsych Awards is extremely tough, and the judging panels were hugely impressed by the quality of this year’s entries.

The judges said: “Guy Undrill should be applauded for his great enthusiasm and expertise as a trainer, particularly in the field of Motivational Interviewing. His work has been much appreciated by the individual trainees he has mentored, and the trainees and trainers in the South West region who have benefitted from his innovative work.”

Professor Sue Bailey, President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, said: “Through the RCPsych Awards we bring national recognition to outstanding psychiatrists. Training and educating the next generation of psychiatrists is absolutely vital if we are to continue delivering high quality mental health services to patients and carers. On behalf of the entire College, I want to congratulate Dr Undrill on winning this award.”

Dr Paul Winterbottom, Medical Director for ²gether NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Guy has consistently contributed to the educational experience to psychiatrists provided by ²gether and led the delivery of training in the wider arenas of Severn Deanery and the South West.  He combines an enthusiasm and energy with a desire to innovate and inspire colleagues.  I am delighted that his expertise has been recognised and extend my congratulations to him.”

Dr Undrill said he was ‘delighted’ to have received the award.

He added: “Being recognised by the college for work as a trainer is a huge compliment as education is one of the most important facets of the college’s work.

“I’ve been very lucky to have had the support of Rob MacPherson (the head of the school of psychiatry), Amjad Uppal (current director of medical education) and Steve Arnott (previous director of medical education). All three of them have real vision and commitment to psychiatric education in the region and they have helped to create the structure that has allowed many innovations in the region to grow and flourish, from the educational fellowship scheme to developments in supervision and (close to my own heart) bringing in coaching technologies from elite sports to communication training for psychiatrists.

“I hope we can continue to work together to make this region one of the foremost places to train in psychiatry in the UK.”