The winner of the second annual RCOG Trainer of the Year Award is Mr Rehan Khan, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at St Bartholomews and Royal London Hospitals. He is recognised for his 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 Mr Khan’s nomination are given in the following citation from trainees.
Statement of nomination
Mr Rehan Khan is the embodiment of the modern consultant and educator. We have worked as junior doctors under his supervision for over four years and admire his personalised approached to clinical supervision. He leads by example and his clinical practice strives to impart education at the heart of all his work. He ensures both patient and junior doctors are fully aware of the diagnosis, management and future care in an open honest approach to patient interaction.
Mr Khan is an exceptional clinical trainer. He is interested in education and his approach to education is fresh and modern whilst also being in step with the college and deanery expectations. His clinics are never boring and every patient discussed with him will bring learning of some form. He never judges the trainee for not knowing something and is encouraging if the trainee wishes to increase their knowledge in a certain area. He has an innovative approach to assessments, encourages self- reflection and he is always able to create a learning plan, stemming from the assessment, that is achievable and measurable (rather than the standard ‘see more/do more’ of most assessments). He is up to date with educational opportunities and awards available and will direct trainees toward these- helping them move from competence to excellence. For example, he provided leadership and guidance for one trainee on a recent quality improvement project which was successfully awarded £10,000 towards delivering quality improvement across North East Thames.
As well as trainees, Mr Khan encourages and teaches all members of the multi-disciplinary team, including students, midwives and theatre teams. A midwife in our unit recalls being encouraged by Mr. Khan to lead obstetric emergencies and eventually to apply for a band 6 job. She felt he was as much of a mentor to her as the junior doctors, and he is universally well-respected in our hospital. Mr. Khan takes on multiple other roles, including Foundation Programme Director, Director of Medical Education and Assessments Advisor for the RCOG. He always fulfils these roles impressively whilst not allowing them to detract from his day-to-day work.
Mr Khan stands out as a consultant that always goes the extra mile to provide pastoral care for his trainees. He has been there for us and several other trainees during periods of acute and chronic illness. He is dedicated to trainee welfare at all levels and delivers this in a unique and compassionate manner.
Feedback from Trainees
“I particularly needed extra support due to extenuating circumstances and Mr. Khan not only supported myself but also my family. No matter whether he was at work or on holiday, he always found the time to take a call and alleviated any queries or worries that I had. He made sure he helped with every step of me entering back into training again so that I was safe and well supported.
When concerned about whether O&G was the correct career path for me, he approached this circumstance in a completely non-judgmental way and ensured I received career advice from the correct people. Mr. Khan does not disclose personal information to other colleagues or trainees and this to me has given me the utmost confidence in knowing that I can speak to him about any issues I may be having, knowing that I will not be treated differently by anyone else at work.”
Mr. Khan’s passion to inspire and motivate trainees to continually improve care as well as his unparalleled genuine care for junior staff deserves recognition and praise.
2016 RCOG Trainer Award Runners Up
The runners up for the 2016 Trainer Award are as follows. View their nominating citations (PDF, 91 kb).
- Runner up one (second place): Mr Tom McFarlane, Retired Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist
- Runner up two (third place): Miss Sarah Smith, Early Pregnancy Lead Nurse and Sonographer, East of England
- Runner up three (fourth place): Miss Elizabeth Haslett, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, North West
The other nominees of the 2016 Trainer Award are as follows. View their nominating citations (PDF, 123 kb).
- Mr Mark Roberts, Consultant Gynaecologist
- Miss Lee Nai Lim, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist
- Mr Feras Izzat, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist
- Dr Essam Hadoura, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist
- Dr Rebecca Swingler, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist
- Mr Jeremy Gasson, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist
- Miss Kate Aston, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist
- Miss Sarah Eddy, Staff Nurse Sonographer
- Miss Susanna Al-Samarrai, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist