Award honour for CPFT psychiatrist Rudolf Cardinal

Judges praise doctor's research innovation and compassionate care

Award honour for CPFT psychiatrist Rudolf Cardinal
07 November 2014

A clinician at Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust has won a top honour.

Dr Rudolf Cardinal was named Higher Psychiatric Trainee of the Year at the Royal College of Psychiatrists Awards 2014.

The annual awards mark the highest level of achievement within psychiatry, and are designed to recognise and reward excellence in mental health.

Dr Cardinal said: “I'm delighted and honoured to have received this award, and it was wonderful to hear about the many achievements of teams and individuals celebrated by the College in its annual awards.

“I'm very grateful to all those who have trained me over the years, and to my colleagues, Dr Mai Wong and Dr Cathy Walsh, for nominating me.

“Working in psychiatry we have the opportunity to meet people at some of the most difficult times in their lives, and to think about why and what could be done to help, which is a particular privilege.”

Dr Cardinal is an honorary specialist registrar working on acute wards Mulberry 2 and Mulberry 3 at Fulbourn Hospital, Cambridge. He is also a clinical lecturer in psychiatry and a Wellcome Trust Fellow at the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Cambridge.

At the ceremony in London on Thursday, 6 November, Dr Cardinal was shortlisted alongside three other doctors in the Higher Psychiatric Trainee of the Year category. He was given his award by Professor Jane Dacre, president of the Royal College of Physicians (above).

Judges were impressed by Dr Cardinal’s work to develop an anonymised clinical database which allows consenting patients to take part in clinical research to further develop understanding of mental health.

They also admired the words of his colleagues when they nominated him, saying: “His skill, kindness, and hard work are valued greatly by his patients and colleagues. He is the clinician we would all like to be in charge of our care, the colleague that helps us return for another hectic day, and an inspirational ambassador for psychiatry.”

As well as a trophy, he wins a textbook and book vouchers to the value of £300. It is the second prestigious award given to a CPFT clinician in two years. In 2013, Dr Mai Wong, an associate specialist in the Trust’s liaison psychiatry service, was named Speciality Doctor/Associate Specialist of the Year.

For more details about the awards, visit the Royal College of Psychiatrists website here.


For more information please contact:

Andy Burrows
Communications Manager
E andy.burrows@cpft.nhs.uk
T 01223 726767

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
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Cambridge, CB21 5EF

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