Paediatric Awards For Training Achievements (PAFTAs)

The PAFTAs recognise the very best in paediatric training in the UK. Each year we invite nominations from deaneries/Local Education and Training Boards (LETBs) for junior trainees, senior trainees and educational supervisors. Nominations are currently closed.

About

The College runs the national judging process, which includes a panel of children and young people. We'll award winners at a public RCPCH event in spring 2021.

Each deanery/LETB may nominate only one candidate in each of the three categories:

  • Best Junior Trainee (ST 1-3)
  • Best Senior Trainee (ST 4-8)
  • Best Educational Supervisor

Guidance for writing your citation

Each region is permitted to nominate one candidate in each of the three PAFTA categories (Junior Trainee, Senior Trainee, Educational Supervisor). It is expected that the candidates nominated will be the winners of the region’s local PAFTA processes. If multiple nominations are received from a single region in a given category, the region’s Trainee Committee representative will be asked to confirm which candidate should go forward. 

All citations are limited to a maximum of 250 words. Any citations exceeding this limit will be cut off at the limit.

The form linked below should only be completed by either the region’s Trainees’ Committee representative or the Head of School.

Citations are are reviewed by both clinicians and young people from the RCPCH &Us network. Comments from the young people’s group in a previous year included were that poor citations:

  • were too brief (one was 31 words)
  • did not address the judging criteria
  • did not address patient experience
  • included unexplained acronyms
  • were couched in technical language.

See the 2020 winners

Judging criteria

Citations are reviewed by both clinicians, using the criteria below, and young people from the RCPCH &Us network.

Junior Trainee

  1. Demonstrates excellence in the fulfilment of their work in paediatrics
  2. Demonstrates exemplary team working and support to peers
  3. Demonstrates excellence in their interaction with patients and their families
  4. Embodies the values of the RCPCH - see below

Senior Trainee

  1. Demonstrates excellence in the fulfilment of their work in paediatrics
  2. Demonstrates exemplary team working and support to peers
  3. Demonstrates excellence in their interaction with patients and their families
  4. Embodies the values of the RCPCH - see below

Educational Supervisor

  1. Demonstrates excellence in the education of Paediatric trainees
  2. Demonstrates exemplary personal support to trainees
  3. Demonstrates innovation to teaching and education
  4. Embodies the values of the RCPCH - see below
  • Fulfilment = completing
  • Exemplary = excellent
  • Peers = people they work with
  • Interaction = work with / communication with
  • Embodies = represents

RCPCH values

  • Innovate – Approach things creatively, embrace risk, view change as an opportunity, have an open mind to new ideas
  • Influence – Advocate for better child health, challenge positively, share best practice, work proactively
  • Include – Embrace diversity, ask for the voices of ICYP, work together, value everyone's input
  • Lead – Develop self and others, act as positive role models, act with integrity and honesty, encourage, praise and thanks

Nominations are now closed.