Junior doctors celebrated
The dedication, compassion and skill of junior doctors working across Hampshire Hospitals was celebrated during the Trust’s inaugural Junior Doctor Awards.
Over 120 nominations were received from patients and colleagues across Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Andover War Memorial Hospitals, Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital and Royal Hampshire County Hospital, in Winchester, nominating junior doctors in nine categories including rising stars and patient champions.
Foundation doctor Dr Kim Sheil picked up the award for the Winchester Patient Champion, receiving five nominations. Kim has impressed staff and patients alike with her kindness, dedication and skill and she was commended for the ways she continually goes above and beyond for patients, as well as supporting other staff within the team.
Kim, who also received six nominations for the Wow Award staff recognition programme within her first three months working at the Trust, said: “I really enjoy being able to make a difference for people and I relish the time I can spend getting to know patients, so to have been recognised at the awards is really special.”
The awards, hosted by chief registrar Dr Angus Sutherland, also welcomed special guest, motivational speaker and quadruple amputee Alex Lewis, who joined the celebrations to commend the difference junior doctors can make to their patients’ lives.
Alex was first treated at Royal Hampshire County Hospital in Winchester, where it was discovered he had strep A toxic shock syndrome, septicaemia and necrotising fasciitis. Speaking about his experience of being cared for by junior doctors, he said: “Junior doctors were an incredible part of my experience in hospital. You were the people who I saw all the time, who supported me and kept me happy when I was going through the most difficult time in my life.”
Other winners included Dr Kanendran Rajalingam, who was awarded the multi-disciplinary team hero award, and Dr Jieyun Lee, who was recognised in his role as a junior mentor.
Mr Christian Wakefield, consultant surgeon and medical director for surgical services at the Trust, was presented with the final award of the night, the Senior Mentor Award.