Two of our doctors have had their work recognised in the year's West Midlands Paediatric Awards for Training Achievement or the 'PAFTAs' as they are more commonly known.
Dr Ian Wacogne, General Paediatrics Consultant, and Dr Rob Negrine, Consultant Neonatologist & Neonatal Respiratory Lead, both took prestigious prizes thanks to their dedication to education.
Dr Wacogne, who has worked at our Children's Hospital for almost 20 years ago, was awarded the Annie Callaghan Award for Best Educational Supervisor for huge amount of work he does with Trainee Paediatricians, sharing his wealth of knowledge with the future generation of medicine.
The prestigious prize is in honour of Annie Callaghan, a much-respected paediatrician who trained at many hospitals, including Birmingham Women's and Children's. She sadly passed away a few years ago, and this award was established in her memory.
Dr Wacogne said: "I've been at our Children's Hospital since 2002. With the rest of my colleagues, I have had a role with doctors in training during that time."
"My team works very hard to support healthcare professionals during their training. I work with some amazing people who have a whole range of diverse skills in training.
"Being presented with this award has made me aspire to improve further still over the coming years."
Another winner from our Trust was Dr Rob Negrine, who won The Vishna Rasiah Training Hero (Medical) Award. This local award was created in memory of our much-loved Women's Hospital Neonatologist, who sadly passed away last year following treatment for COVID-19.
In Vish's honour, The Training Hero (Medical) Award recognises someone who has gone above and beyond to positively impact paediatric training within the region. Dr Negrine's nomination spoke of his "sustained and hugely positive contribution to the training experience for West Midlands paediatric trainees, both locally and more widely across the region."
"I was delighted and incredibly honoured to have been awarded this PAFTA," explained Dr Negrine.
"I am so pleased that the regional neonatal training opportunities have been so well received. This award is named after Dr Vishna Rasiah who was a good friend, an outstanding clinician and a passionate teacher. Winning this is particularly special for me".