And the PAFTA winners are……

There were four winners of the College’s esteemed paediatric training awards - the PAFTAs - this year.

Best Educational Supervisor - Dr Ruth Bland

The nomination for Dr Ruth's work said:

Ruth forms special bonds with trainees. With senior trainees, she is supportive whilst allowing autonomy. For junior trainees, she is encouraging and motivates through her exemplary hard work and communication skills. Every ward round is a teaching opportunity and case discussions carry nuggets of wisdom. Ruth is an inspiration, well-respected by all colleagues. She caters not only for our educational needs, but encourages team morale with a maternal and holistic approach. She is truly our matriarch of paediatrics.

Best Senior Trainee – Dr Philippa Wood and Dr Henriette van Ruiten

Dr Wood’s nomination said:

Philippa has grown as a trainee/clinician, has shown initiative, is calm, efficient, understands situations and discusses doubts to facilitate discussions and draw coherent plans. She brings new ideas, manages consultants well, is supportive of juniors, has a realistic view to life but sees the positive which is conveyed in her management.

Dr van Ruiten’s nomination said:

Henriette wholeheartedly embraces the values of the RCPCH. She is supportive and outstanding in her clinical skills. Henriette is successful because of her ability to turn challenges into opportunities: families gravitate towards her positivity. By working across boundaries, Henriette has produced measurable outputs which will have tangible benefits for patient care.

Best Junior Trainee - Dr Melody Redman

According to her nomination:

Since being an ST1 Dr Redman has been a keen trainee, progressing quickly in her knowledge and clinical skills. She has consistently been involved in bedside teaching and clinical discussions, asking questions or clarifying points she was unsure of. This drive for knowledge and excellence has persisted and she consistently provides excellent clinical care. She communicates sensitively with families, easily developing a rapport with patients of all ages. Melody is a kind, hardworking trainee who cares not only for patients but also colleagues’ well-being.

Congratulations to all the winners!