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Southend consultant receives first ever regional trainer of the year award

18 January 2016

Health Care

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 trainer award."

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 survey.

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 training.

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