Positive Practice Awards
Positive Practice Awards

Rick Clarke

Outstanding Student Mentor


An asset to Sussex Partnership and an inspiration to medical students, Dr Rick Clarke supports them to be the best that they can be.

Rick plays a huge role in the education of medical students and postgraduate doctors in training.

Students consistently feedback on the positive experience they have had working with him in the Assertive Outreach Team and Mental Health Homeless Team in Brighton. 

He provides a reliable and consistent presence for students, and has been invaluable to the undergraduate education team, who find him approachable, considerate and flexible in his educational style.

Rick manages a complex case load but is still able to craft an educational experience for students whilst maintaining excellent and compassionate patient care – something that his students find particularly inspiring.

He is committed to helping students understand the value that colleagues from different professions can bring to a patient’s treatment, and demonstrates how each member of the team plays an essential role in supporting a patient through their recovery. 

Rick also has a transformative effect on the doctors he supports as a postgraduate trainer. He develops meaningful educational plans for their placements and helps trainees learn key skills in reflective practice, which is vital to improving their own wellbeing and development, as well as improving patient care.

He is a leader in supporting trainees to build their confidence and come to their own conclusions, rather than giving top down instructions.

Rick is always willing to put in extra effort with education, taking part in mock practical exams and providing measured and constructive feedback to students on how they can improve their performance. 

His nomination said: ‘His value as a role model cannot be understated and his enthusiasm inspires students to think differently about the management of mental health conditions. As an undergraduate and postgraduate educator Rick is an asset to Sussex Partnership helping our students and junior doctors develop into independent practitioners who are recovery focused and place tailored patient care at the heart of their practice.’