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Prize winning junior doctor praises hospital’s teaching

12 August 2015


After spending a year at Southend University Hospital as a junior doctor Mark Gregory, 28 originally from Surrey but living in Southend, is leaving walking tall because he has just been awarded the Best F1 doctor’s prize.

Humbled by the recognition he has received as part of the annual internal awards to recognise the contribution of junior doctors, he said: "I was really surprised to win, there are lots of F1s here and everyone works really hard. There are many who deserved the award just as much as I did."

Mark was also highly commended for the Judi Sharpe Scholarship for Teaching and Educational Excellence award, won a Foundation Teaching Excellence Merit and a Quality Improvement Merit, seeing him be the most decorated FI this year at the hospital.

Not bad going for his first year, he qualified in July 2014 and started working at Southend University Hospital in August last year.  That year has seen a fantastic learning curve for junior doctors like Mark and he has nothing but respect for the place and the people who work there.

This last year there were 36 F1 doctors, 39 F2 doctors and approximately another 141 doctors in training posts at Southend. There are around 490 doctors in total, (181 consultants and over 90 doctors in non-training posts such as clinical fellows, staff grade and associate specialists).

Mark said: "Southend is a great place to come as a junior doctor, it's a very friendly place with lots of great training opportunities. I've learnt a massive amount of medicine and surgery from the seniors and consultants, who are always keen to teach.

"It's full of fantastic consultants who are willing to make time for teaching. There's lots of support from seniors at all times. It's also a big hospital with many specialist services on site so there's plenty to get experience in. There is also a brilliant support network with the team at the Education centre who are always more than happy to help."

Mark, who previously trained at Barts and the London Medical School prior to moving to Southend is now moving to Queens Hospital in Romford, but that certainly doesn't mean he hasn't ruled out a return to the wards and corridors of Southend Hospital.

He concluded: "I would definitely look to come back to Southend in the future. It would be great to return and work again in more senior roles with the consultants I've met here. I would recommend Southend as a great place to start your career as a doctor."

Katie Palmer, medical education manager at the hospital added: "I think that Southend Hospital offers our junior doctors excellent learning and developmental opportunities, dedicated and supportive consultants and clinical colleagues and a friendly and efficient medical education team. All of those who have been shortlisted or won awards like Mark are a credit to themselves and the hospital."


Judi Sharpe Scholarship for Teaching and Education Excellence

Winner: Douglas McKechnie

Sophia Barnes

Mark Gregory

Best F1 Doctor's Prize

winner: Dr Mark Gregory

Highly commended: Dr Omar Abdel-Hadi and Dr Neha Ahuja


Foundation ePortfolio Merit

Ashvini Ramoutar

Foundation Teaching Excellence Merit

Mark Gregory

Doug McKechnie

Jessica Garner

Clinical Excellence Merit

Amrit Roopra

Jovanna Tsoutsouki

Nisha Menon

Quality Improvement Merit

Mark Gregory


Outstanding Contribution Merit Award in recognition of outstanding committee representation

Andrew Burgess (F2)

Nicky Verber (F2)

Omar Abdel-Hadi (F1)

Christine Hesketh (F1)

Image: Mark Gregory with one of his certificates outside the Education Centre at the hospital