We announce the national PAFTA winners 2020

The wait is over. The votes have been cast. Our Trainees Committee Chair, Hannah Jacob reveals this year's winners of the national Paediatric Awards For Training Achievements, or PAFTAs.

Set up by trainees and run in each region of the UK, the PAFTAs allow paediatricians to recognise the hard work, support and general brilliance of their colleagues.

Each region puts forward a nominee in three categories. These are judged by a national panel, including children and young people from RCPCH &Us.

Dr Jonathan Broad

First up, the winner of the Junior Trainee of the Year goes to Dr Jonathan Broad. He set up a choir on a neonatal unit, champions the cause of migrant children in the UK and - our team tell us - is generally an all round fabulous colleague. Jonathan told us it was "lovely to receive this award".

Dr Laura Kane

Senior Trainee of the Year goes to Dr Laura Kane. She's described by colleagues as an amazing teacher who has also spent time working in Africa looking after very unwell children and training staff. On hearing she had won the award, Laura told us, "It is a privilege to be nominated for a PAFTA.  It is a testament to the wealth of training opportunities offered by the College."

Dr Jessica Thomas

Last but not least, the Educational Supervisor of the Year goes to Dr Jessica Thomas for her tireless support of trainees, amazing teaching and mentorship of her colleagues. Told of her success, Jessica said she "felt very honoured, and also extremely surprised to have won this award."


The PAFTAs happen every year in every region in the UK - so make sure you get involved to celebrate colleagues of yours who have gone above and beyond. You can read more about the PAFTAs and this year's winners in our summer edition of Milestones, the member magazine.

Read Milestones