Congratulations to Royal Surrey’s Professor Bill Fawcett, Consultant in Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine, who has been awarded the Association of Anaesthetists’ Anniversary Medal.
The medal is given to UK and Irish anaesthetists who have provided exceptional service to the Association and significant contribution to their specialty.
Bill, who chaired the Association’s Education Committee for four years and was Vice President for two years, said: “I was surprised and a bit shocked when I heard that I’d been awarded this medal but I’m extremely proud of the achievement. I think it reflects well not just on myself, but on the Anaesthetics Department at Royal Surrey and the Trust as a whole.
“I recently left the Association after six years of service so it’s a nice parting gift.”
In a tribute to Bill and his commitment, former president, Dr Kathleen Ferguson, said: “There is a long list of Bill’s dedicated participation in Association activities from Council and Board representation, committee participation, working party chair, wise counsel and ‘go-to’ person.
“He has undertaken all the roles he has had with distinction, showing leadership, thoughtfulness, and dedication, balancing these attributes with easy humour.
“The Anniversary Medal is given to people whose contribution is outstanding and Bill’s qualifications for this award span several dimensions. They show him to be exceptional in his qualities, abilities, and willingness to share those to our benefit as individuals, what is provided by the Association and to that of our patients. There is no more worthy a recipient for this award.”