Southend consultant receives first ever regional trainer of the year award
18 January 2016
Mr Sanjaya Kalkur, a consultant in obstetrics and gynaecology and college tutor at Southend University Hospital, has been selected to receive the first ever Regional Trainer of the Year award from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) – beating trainers from 16 other regional hospitals in the process.
The RCOG awards for excellence in training were established to
recognise and reward individuals who have attained a high level of
achievement and Mr Kalkur was selected by the regional trainees
committee of obstetrics and gynaecology having been nominated by
several of his trainees.
Mr Kalkur said: "I am delighted to have been chosen for this
award and I am grateful to my trainees and the regional training
committee for choosing me to be the first recipient of the regional
One of the trainees who nominated Mr Kalkur was obstetrics and
gynaecology registrar, Stacey Bryan, 31, from Romford. Stacey, who
works with Mr Kalkur in gynaecology theatres and clinics as well as
on the labour ward, said: "I nominated Mr Kalkur because he goes
out of his way to ensure that training is upheld and training
opportunities are available at Southend University Hospital. He is
very approachable, listens and cares about his trainees."
As well as highlighting the quality of training at the hospital,
Mr Kalkur's award signals a remarkable turnaround in fortunes
within the department of obstetrics and gynaecology.
At one stage the General Medical Council (GMC) rated the
department 140th in the country for training but Mr
Kalkur and his team implemented key changes which saw the
department rise to 40th according to the 2015 GMC
Key changes included: good consultant-led teaching sessions;
ultrasound training sessions for trainees; supportive environment
which acts on the educational needs and aspirations of the
trainees; introduced speciality examination preparation and
The 2015 GMC survey of all trainees in the UK also saw the
department come 2nd for local teaching and 5th best in the UK for
access to educational resources.
Mr Kalkur's trainees also scored the department 100% for
educational supervision. Each trainee in the department is
allocated a consultant educational supervisor and all trainees
rated their supervision highly.
Recognising the great work of his colleagues, Mr Kalkur, has
already set his sights on further improvements, adding: "I am
always grateful to my consultant colleagues and other doctors in
the department as well as nursing and midwifery staff for making
the trainees so welcome.
"Together we were able to achieve this turnaround and, looking
forward, we aim to become the best training department in the East
of England. Ultimately, the better we become through the training
and staff we recruit to the department, the better the experience
for our patients."
IMAGE: Mr Sanjaya Kalkur and Stacey Bryan