The RCOG awards for excellence in training recognise and reward individuals who have attained a high level of achievement
The National Trainer Award is an annual competition for which regional trainee chairs are asked to nominate a regional trainer of the year.
The winner and runners up are chosen by the National Trainees' Committee executive team and the Vice President for Education following review of all entries.
2020 winner: Sujeewa Fernando (Wales)
The winner of the 2020 the RCOG National Trainer of the Year Award was Sujeewa Fernando (Wales).
Mr Fernando, college tutor at Wrexham Maelor Hospital, was nominated by the Welsh regional trainees committee for his:
- outstanding knowledge of individual trainee curriculum needs,
- encouragement of trainees to conduct and present audit, service improvement projects or business case development,
- coaching for exams and interviews,
- highly rated regional training programme and courses,
- set-up of simulation training during the pandemic,
- involvement in arranging the Welsh O&G Society Spring national conference
- and his zero-tolerance attitude to workplace behaviour problems.
The Wales regional trainees committee said:
"We feel Mr Fernando deserves Trainer of the Year because he is one of the most supportive team members many of us have worked with and always encourages individuals to achieve their best. He will use his experiences and endless achievements to provide support, making even the most difficult task feel manageable. He is an asset to O&G and an inspiration to us all."
2020 Runners up
The runners up of the 2020 competition were:
Lisa Long (London South)
The London South regional trainees committee said:
"Miss Long’s attitude to all other colleagues, regardless of their role, sets an example for us and is a goal to which we all try to aspire… we all consider it an absolute privilege to work with Miss Long. She is an inspiration and someone we all aspire to be when we become Consultants."
Damien Murphy (West Midlands)
The West Midlands regional trainees committee said:
"Mr Murphy is incredibly well respected consultant who supports and encourages trainees at all levels … As a senior clinical leader within the trust, it would be all too easy for Mr Murphy to be too busy to be approachable. However, this is never the case, and despite the many other commitments, you can always count in him to answer your call."
Rachel O’Donnell (North East)
The North East regional trainees committee said:
"Rachel is always a pleasure to work with and involves the whole team, making both O&G and non-specialty trainees feel valued and supported. She is someone who truly makes people feel empowered and inspired to stretch themselves."
Each regional trainee’s committee chair is invited to nominate one individual to be considered for national O&G trainer of the year. The nominated individual may be from any background in the multidisciplinary team (e.g. midwifery, nursing, radiography, or another speciality trainee). Awards should be for a contribution to training above and beyond that required by any formal educational or commercial role the trainer holds (e.g. head of school, training programme director, college tutor, commercial course convener etc.).
It is for individual regional chairs to decide the process for selecting their nominations for the national awards, however the regional processes should be transparent and published in the public domain. Trainers are not be permitted to self nominate. It is proposed that all regional trainees will be invited to nominate a trainer for consideration. Potential nominees must be proposed by a minimum of two trainees.
Submissions will be considered in the following categories, therefore it is recommended that trainees are alerted to these when considering individuals to nominate. This should also be considered by the trainees’ committee when producing the statement for their selected nomination. It is recognised that individuals will not be expected to have involvement in all of the following areas and this should not preclude nomination.
- Clinical training provision
- Non clinical training provision
- Regional training provision
- Contribution to individual trainees
- Improving the training skills of others
- Developing simulation training
- National, regional or local training initiatives
- Helping trainees with difficulties or mentoring to help trainees
Can I nominate our Head of School / Training Programme Director?
The nominated individual may be from any background or grade in the multidisciplinary team, however nominations should be made for a contribution to training above and beyond that required by any formal educational or commercial role the trainer holds (e.g. head of school, training programme director, college tutor, commercial course convener etc.).
Can a trainee be nominated?
The nominated individual may be from any background or grade in the multidisciplinary team, this includes midwives, nurses, sonographers, or speciality trainees.
Can a non-training doctor (trust grade) make a nomination?
Whilst it is not required that non-training doctors be invited to submit nominations (it is required that all O&G trainee doctors are invited), non-training doctors are not excluded from making a nomination. However, any nomination from the regional to the national committee must also be supported by at least two trainee doctors.
Can a trainer who has previously been nominated as the regional trainer of the year and/or been a runner up nationally be nominated this year by the same region?
The process for local nomination is at the discretion of the local trainees’ committee. There are no national competition rules which state that a trainer cannot be nominated more than once.