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RCOG National Trainer of the Year Award 2017

The winner of the third annual RCOG Trainer of the Year Award is Miss Ellen Knox, Consultant in Fetal and Maternal Medicine at Birmingham Women’s Hospital.  She is recognised for her outstanding contribution to education and training.

The Trainer award is given only to those whose efforts exceed any formal training role they hold and the reasons for Miss Knox’s nomination are given in the following citation from trainees.

Statement of nomination

The West Midlands Trainer of the Year nominee has always worked tirelessly to transform the trainees’ experience at her Trust. However, her efforts have further increased over the past 12 months since being appointed as the College Tutor.  Massive changes have been instigated by the nominee, which has greatly changed the LETB’s impression of her Trust as a training delivering unit. The reasons for her nomination include:

  • Instrumentally reducing the Trust from a level 3 visit (Exceptional Trigger Visit by LETB with Externality - Significant high level risks identified which requires an extraordinary triggered visit to address the concerns) to a level 0 visit, which is a routine scheduled visit.
  • A complete overhaul and revamping of the junior doctors forum, such that high level management (including the CEO of the trust) attended to address concerns over training and patient safety.
  • A complete overhaul of an outdated induction programme so that it is now highly engaging for new trainees and relevant to their everyday clinical activities and responsibilities.
  • An unparalleled level of dedication to the needs of trainees of all levels by actually reviewing and even writing the weekly junior doctor obstetrics and gynaecology rota, prioritising training instead of service provision, at times going up against clinical directors to fight for trainees. This has ensured fairness and parity for weekly activities for every trainee and the provision of targeted training when needed, to allow trainees to achieve their competencies.
  • The adoption of an innovative approach towards less than full time trainees with the creation of a LTFT trainee forum, where she has offered out-of-hours advice and support. The nominee was also heavily involved in the creation of a ‘return to work course,’ which has received highly positive feedback.
  • The nominee sends almost monthly reminders and advice concerning assessments, ARCP deadlines and requirements to the trainees and chases up other consultants to complete requested assessments.
  • She also continuously promotes the trainees’ agenda at board level meetings and attends clinical training improvement meetings to fight for the trainees’ cause.
  • Introducing a hugely successful Friday afternoon teaching session – Fika Friday.  Trainees and Consultants are provided the opportunity to attend the teaching sessions together with the objective of flattening hierarchy and to improve the approachability of Consultant Trainers to their Trainees.  Cake is also provided at each session and the Consultants and Trainees are encouraged to have a ‘bake-off’.
  • The nominee will often come in early to cover trainees so that they can attend training opportunities that have been traditionally difficult to get to.

The nominee deserves acknowledgement for the positive changes that she has imparted for her Trust but also in her impact on trainees in general.  The trainees from her Trust feel nurtured and supported despite a very high workload of complex clinical cases.  She is always available for advice, whether this is concerning clinical problems, professional development or personal issues and she has a unique understanding of the anxieties of her trainees. She is an immensely popular trainer within the region and as a result of her efforts, a total of 25 trainees who worked at her Trust in the 2016/2017 academic year as well as the current academic year have collectively nominated her as the West Midlands Obstetrics and Gynaecology Trainer of the Year 2017.  It would be immensely difficult to find anyone in the UK with the level of dedication, commitment, passion and enthusiasm that the nominee demonstrates on a daily basis at an exceptional level.


2017 RCOG Trainer Award Runners Up 

The runners up for the 2017 Trainer Award are as follows. View their nominating citations (PDF 196kb)

  • Runner up one (second place): Miss Charlotte Patient, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, East of England
  • Runner up two (third place): Miss Neelam Potdar, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, East Midlands.
  • Runner up three (fourth place): Dr Evelyn Ferguson, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, West of Scotland.

The other nominees of the 2017 Trainer Award are as follows. View their nominating citations (PDF 78kb)

  • Miss Emma Kirk, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist
  • Miss Cecilia Bottomley, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist
  • Ms Elisabeth Peregrine, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist
  • Miss Usha Rao, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist
  • Dr Paul Ayuk, Consultant Obstetrician
  • Dr Sandra McNeill, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist
  • Dr Helen Liversedge, Associate Specialist in Obstetrics and Gynaecology Ultrasound
  • Dr Lee Nai Lim, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist
  • Dr Adam Gordon, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist
  • Dr Mayank Madhra, ST7 Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Miss Jo Ficquet, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist
  • Mrs Makiya Ashraf, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist
  • Miss Karen Brackley, Consultant Obstetrician
  • Dr Jacqueline Tang, ST7 Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Miss Sarah Flint, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist