Rachel Howells

Nominated for Paediatric Consultant Hero Award

Works at Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital

Rachel is a shining example of a paediatrician – she is wise, well-read and evidence-based in her practice. Her high expectations of herself and her team is balanced with a humility and non-judgemental attitude that makes her very approachable. She shares her decision-making and thought-process regularly with the team using every patient as a learning opportunity for juniors. She cares deeply for her patients, managing to give them all the time that they need while being proactive and creative with her time management. She is reflective and models this through asking for feedback from junior team – discussing complex cases and issues as equals. She takes the time to have lunch and coffee with the team on ward rounds, taking an interest in individuals and is very supportive when difficulties arise. When teaching in clinic she encourages ownership of patients, skilfully blending educational opportunities by active participation, independent practice and modelling effective consultation skills. Thank you for being such an inspiration!

Rachel is an excellent consultant. Her neurological and general paediatric knowledge is extensive, and she is always happy to teach including in handover and ward round. She is friendly and supportive, and a pleasure to work with.

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