Admiral Business of the Year 2018

Admiral Business of the Year 2018

Winner: Cardiff University School of Medicine

Bob Colgate, Cardiff University School of Medicine, Colin Jackson, Jacques Colgate, Hijinx & Liz Metcalf, Cardiff University School of Medicine

Image by Glenn Edwards

The judges were unanimous that the School of Medicine’s innovative partnership with Hijinx stood out as a model of excellence. The role-play training delivered by learning disabled actors  is now part of the core curriculum for all the university’s medical students.

The school is convinced that the training changes student attitudes to people with learning disabilities and will improve the level of care for them in the future. It fills a critical skills gap for student doctors and sets Cardiff University School of Medicine apart from its competitors. Feedback from the young doctors has been overwhelmingly positive as they report that working with the Hijinx actors has been as enjoyable as it is valuable. To date, over 400 4th year medical students have experienced the training, which has also refreshed the skills of the school’s teaching staff. The sessions were extended to 100 Speech and Language Therapy students at Cardiff Metropolitan University. There are now plans to offer this successful inclusive  communications learning to other areas of higher education healthcare.

The partnership is set to continue with an ultimate aim of improving the care of learning disabled patients for years to come.


Advancing Aberystwyth for its partnership with Cwmni Theatr Arad Goch. The judges felt that 411 businesses coming together to support arts activity was an innovative model which stands as an example of best practice.

Western Power Distribution for its firm commitment to Music in Hospitals & Care Cymru, Royal  Welsh College of Music & Drama and Spectacle Theatre and the way in which it addresses core business objectives through arts partnership.