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RCOG National Trainer of the Year Award 2015

The winner of the inaugural Trainer of the Year Award is Miss Susan Ward, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at Kings Mill Hospital in Mansfield. She is recognised for her outstanding contribution to education and training.

The award was established to acknowledge and reward individuals, from any member of the multi-disciplinary team, who go above and beyond to contribute to training. Every regional Trainees’ Committee was given the opportunity to nominate an individual, and the final winner was selected by a national panel of Trainees, Consultants and lay members.

About the winner

The Trainer award is given only to those whose efforts exceed any formal training role they hold. Susan Ward is currently Head of School for the East Midlands Deanery, but it is clear from the nomination, that she dedicates herself to her Trainees and their education.

She is heavily involved in career support, from student to advanced Trainee level. She has developed and run a number of local training courses to reduce the financial burden on Trainees. Additionally, she runs a regular MRCOG revision course, even inviting individuals into her own home to mentor them through their exams. Her exemplary pastoral support was also highlighted, and it is clear that she is held in very high esteem by her Trainees.

Feedback from Trainees

“Miss Ward has held many educational roles during her time as a consultant, most recently in her current post as Head of School for the East Midlands. She has been a central figure of inspiration for all levels, from undergraduate through Foundation Programme and of course O&G trainees…..[she] provides high quality teaching and sound careers advice to students and Foundation doctors locally, inspiring many young doctors and students to pursue a career in O&G”

“She makes each trainee feel individualised and valued, acknowledging achievements”

“If any of us become half the doctor she is we would be doing well, she is an inspiration”

“It is for her pastoral care that Miss Ward is particularly valued.....she has provided individual support to many trainees in need due to health problems, work-related stresses or home life…..our region like many others, has had problems with rota gaps, trainees leaving the specialty and undermining. Miss Ward has taken these problems personally, working tirelessly to resolve any issues and ensure that trainees have not only felt supported, but most of all, valued”

The 2015 trainer award runners up were as follows:

  • Runner up one (second place): Miss Sara Paterson-Brown, Consultant, North West Thames
  • Runner up two (third place): Miss Melissa Whitten, Consultant, North Central and East London
  • Runner up three (fourth place): Dr Helen Simpson, Consultant, Health Education North East

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