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WUS Honours & Awards

Below are details of honours and awards presented to members (or former members) of the Welsh Urological Society:

Mr Malcolm Lucas: BAUS St Peter's Medal 2013

Mr Malcolm LucasConsultant Urological Surgeon from Morriston Hospital Swansea, received the 2013 St Peter’s Medal, the highest award given annually by the British Association of Urological Surgeons (BAUS) for a contribution which spans a whole career.

The St Peter’s Medal was awarded in recognition of Malcolm's outstanding contribution throughout his career, particularly his work on incontinence treatments and complex pelvic cancers. Since 1991, Malcolm has worked to improve treatment of urinary incontinence locally, nationally and internationally, running a combined service with Mr Simon Emery, Consultant Urogynaecologist.

He is an active researcher, having run a series of randomised controlled trials in the field of incontinence. He co-founded, and later chaired, the BAUS Section of Female and Reconstructive Urology, and worked with the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) on clinical guidelines for male and female urinary symptoms. He has also chaired a European Association of Urology Guideline Panel on Incontinence, producing guidelines that are translated into 12 other languages and used worldwide. 

Malcolm has helped to establish the Swansea Pelvic Oncology team which now deals with complex pelvic cancers from all over South Wales and beyond; he has more experience of this kind of surgery than almost any other urologist in the UK.


Mr Paul Jones: BAUS Golden Telescope 2013

Mr Paul JonesConsultant Urological Surgeon from Morriston Hospital Swansea, was awarded the 2013 annual Golden Telescope award at BAUS to mark his contribution to Urology made within his first ten years as a NHS consultant.

Paul, who was appointed to ABM in 2006, established the first fixed-site lithotripsy service in Swansea. Lithotripsy is a non-invasive medical procedure which uses shockwaves to break up kidney, bladder or ureter stones while they are still in the body, without the need for invasive surgery. He also set up a stone service which includes a unique multidisciplinary metabolic clinic (for which he won an NHS Wales award in 2009). The clinic looks at improving early recognition of urinary stones and providing better treatment with improved measures to stop reoccurrence of the stones. 

Urinary stones affect 15% of the adult population. Evidence shows that a significant proportion of urinary stones arise from underlying metabolic diseases and are preventable, if identified and treated early. As a result of early patient identification, patient readmission rates have decreased by two-thirds and waiting list times for treatment have significantly dropped. Paul has also pioneered a novel keyhole technique in complex stone surgery, and has the largest series of supine percutaneous nephrolithotomy in the UK to date. This keyhole surgery is used to break and extract larger kidney stones, with the patient lying on the side rather than face down; lying on the side is much safer anaesthetically. 

He has also contributed to the role of Swansea as a referral centre for general paediatric surgery (GPS) and mentors higher surgical trainees who are keen to provide a similar service. He serves on the Children’s Surgical Forum of the Royal College of Surgeons. Paul is a popular teacher and lecturer and a member of the Specialist Advisory Committee on Urology to the Joint Committee on Higher Training. He recently spent two weeks doing complex stone surgery in Sri Lanka as part of an international team funded by a UK charity.


Mr Raj Nirula: Wales SAS Clinical Teacher of the Year 2013

Clinical teachers from across Wales were recognised at the Wales SAS Clinical Teacher of the Year Awards, which were introduced in 2011. Raj Nirula (pictured right), Wales Deanery Associate Dean and "surprised" recipient of the 2013 award,  said:

“This was the first time anywhere this has happened in the country, that SAS doctors have been recognised for this kind of service."

Mr Nirula, who is also joint deputy chair of the BMA Staff, Associate Specialists and Specialty Doctors' Committee, was surprised to receive an award himself for his excellence in education in Wales. He added:

“I was really chuffed and wasn't expecting this award. I was there as Associate Dean and I was on the dais presenting the runner-up in innovation. I was more pleased than when I achieved my postgraduate qualifications, because here our work is being recognised by the Postgraduate Dean for all we have done"