The national PAFTA winners 2023

Dr Emma Dyer, Chair of the Trainees Committee, is delighted to announce the winners of this year’s national PAFTAs, celebrating paediatric training achievements across the UK.
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Emma Dyer
Dr Emma Dyer

One of the absolute perks of my role as the Chair of the Trainee’s Committee is to be part of the scoring panel for the national PAFTAs. It has been wonderful reading about all the amazing work being carried out by paediatric trainees and supervisors from all over the UK to support trainees and champion the voices of our children and young people.

There were so many fantastic nominations, that it was a tough job to score and choose between them. The standards were so high this year that we have awarded two awards jointly for both the junior trainee of the year and the educational supervisor of the year categories. Congratulations to everyone nominated both locally and nationally – we have a paediatric community to be very proud of! 

Junior Trainee of the Year - Joint Winner

Dr Kamla Pillay
Clinical Research Fellow
Centre for Neonatal and Paediatric Infection, St George's University, London

Dr Kamla Pillay
Dr Kamla Pillay

It is such a privilege to receive the Junior Trainee of the Year award. Thank you to Linda Walker for the exceptionally kind nomination and for being a wonderful educational supervisor. This award is a testament to the hard work of the entire team in the paediatric and neonatal departments at North Middlesex. Despite the challenges, there was always mutual support, friendship, and plenty of laughter that made it a brilliant place to work and learn.

Junior Trainee of the Year - Joint Winner

Dr Qasim Malik
ST3 Paediatrics & Education Fellow
Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Qasim Malik
Dr Qasim Malik

As a paediatric doctor, I have had the privilege of working alongside some truly remarkable colleagues and caring for some incredibly inspiring patients. It is both humbling and a great honour to accept the national paediatric trainee award. I am fortunate to work alongside remarkable paediatricians who display tireless dedication to improving the health and wellbeing of children. Their commitment to excellence is an inspiration to me and I am proud to be part of this speciality. It is an honour to care for our patients and their families and I look forward to continue working with my colleagues to make a difference.

Senior Trainee of the Year

Dr Saba Hussain 
ST8 Paediatric Grid Trainee in Community Child Health 
Sirona Care & Health, Bristol 

Dr Saba Hussain
Dr Saba Hussain

Being nominated for the PAFTAs was an incomparable feeling, but receiving the esteemed award has filled me with a profound sense of honour and elation. I consider myself incredibly fortunate to have been chosen amongst the most exceptional paediatricians. I attribute this achievement to the exceptional atmosphere and environment created by my colleagues, fellow trainees, and consultants. Their unwavering support and encouragement have played a vital role in enabling me to reach here today. I am immensely grateful to them and cannot thank them enough for their invaluable contributions.

Educational Supervisor of the Year - Joint Winner 

Dr Najette Ayadi O'Donnell
Consultant General Paediatrician in Adolescent Health and Complex Safeguarding 
University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Najette Ayadi O'Donnell
Dr Najette Ayadi O'Donnell

It’s an honour to receive this award. I have learnt a lot by listening to my trainee's experience. It highlights we must continue to advocate for support but also acknowledges change within the wider NHS structure, for those with additional training needs it is not easy. Engage with your wider clinical team including proactive dialogue with supportive divisional leaders. Remain solution focussed and keep the channels of communication open. Equality, diversity and inclusion should not be a tick box exercise but something we do in a meaningful way to help change, build positive training and working environments for all in paediatrics.

Educational Supervisor of the Year - Joint Winner

Dr Rachel Howells
Consultant Paediatrician 
Royal Devon University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Rachel Howells
Dr Rachel Howells

I'm humbled and grateful to receive the national PAFTA 2023 award for Educational Supervisor. The role of educational supervisor has never been more important. Trainees require and deserve supportive guidance to help them develop the expertise, compassion and wisdom needed to not only survive but thrive. This remains enduringly important at both national and international levels during a time of immense workforce uncertainty, climate change and increasing child health inequality.