South Shields doctor wins award for helping to improve lives

Dr Richard Cooper, second from left, with Falklands veteran Simon Weston OBE, who hosted the awards, Michelle Brown, head of organisational development, Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust, and  Alan Nobbs, senior programme lead, programme delivery & frameworks, NHS Leadership Academy.
Dr Richard Cooper, second from left, with Falklands veteran Simon Weston OBE, who hosted the awards, Michelle Brown, head of organisational development, Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust, and Alan Nobbs, senior programme lead, programme delivery & frameworks, NHS Leadership Academy.

A South Tyneside doctor has been crowned as an ‘innovator of the year’ in an awards ceremony which celebrates NHS leaders who improve lives.

Dr Richard Cooper, a consultant radiologist at South Tyneside District Hospital, is head of Health Education North East’s school of radiology.

There he is responsible for co-ordinating the education and training of junior doctors, and ensuring that the future workforce is trained effectively to deliver the highest-quality care to patients now and in the future.

He recently won NHS Innovator of the Year in the North East NHS Leadership Recognition Awards for his passion for improving the quality of education and training delivered in the region.

Dr Cooper said: “I am delighted to receive this award on behalf of the School of Radiology for the innovative work the team has done in partnership with County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust and with the University of Teesside to build and develop state-of-the-art, high-tech training facilities that will greatly improve the standard of training across the region, which will ultimately translate to a better and safer patient healing experience.”

Dr Cooper has developed two initiatives to enhance the region’s attractiveness to trainees and also improve the quality of the training delivered. The Radiology MacLAB is an electronic archive of cases, which allows junior doctors and other professions to share learning experiences.

He was also instrumental in introducing ultrasound simulation training, which provides a training environment where many professionals can safely be trained or practise techniques using simulators.