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West Midlands PAFTAs 2021

"Paediatric Awards For Training Achievements!"

Tell me more about this year's PAFTAs?

The West Midlands PAFTAs (Paediatric Awards For Training Achievement) are BACK!! 

We hope they help us to celebrate the people and places that make West Midlands Paediatrics great, and provide extra reasons to be cheerful!


There are 7 regional prizes up for grabs and you can make as many nominations, for as many of the awards, as you like.

Awards night will be 'screened' live via zoom on August 18th from 8pm as part of an evening of fun and festivity all from the comfort of your own home! 

Tell me more about making a nomination?

Anyone can nominate for any of the awards. There is no limit to the number of nominations you can make for each award, so you can really spread the joy for all those people and places you think deserve a special mention.

**Deadline for nominations is 5pm on Friday 16th July**

You can make your nomination(s) by completing our online nominations form here:

You don't need a 'seconder' to nominate so it's really easy to make a nomination (or a few!)

What awards are there this year?

There are 7 award categories this year:

 

  • Best Junior (ST1-3) trainee 

  • Best Senior (ST4-8) trainee

  • The Annie Callaghan Award for Best Educational Supervisor 

The winners of these awards will also be put forward into the three national PAFTA awards, which are awarded annually at the RCPCH conference. 

We also wanted to introduce some regional awards to help recognise the wonderful people and places that make up the West Midlands Paediatric 'Family'. These awards include:

  • Best Training Unit

  • The Vishna Rasiah Training Hero (medical) Award

  • Training Hero (clinical) Award

  • Training Hero (non-clinical) Award

How do you decide who wins? 

Once all the nominations have been submitted and the nomination deadline has passed a trainee-led judging panel will assess against the judging criteria to make recommendations as to who should win each prize. They will also take into account if a nominee has received multiple nominations too. Should any of the judging panel be nominated for any award, they will not be involved in judging that award to ensure fairness. 

How do I find out who won?

2021 has continued the theme of 2020 and has been lacking in awards shows, so we hope to make up with our very own online awards ceremony!

 

Awards night will be 'screened' live via zoom on August 18th from 8pm as part of an evening of fun and festivity, all from the comfort of your own home! Red carpet attire optional!

We will also publicise winners here on our website and in the regional newsletter. All nominees and winners will receive notification of their nomination or win, with a certificate to keep for their records. This alongside that warm fuzzy feeling of having been nominated for or even won a PAFTA award. 

What are the judging criteria for awards?

You can find out more about the three national PAFTA awards at: https://www.rcpch.ac.uk/education-careers/fellowships-and-prizes/paftas

We run a regional version of the three national PAFTA awards. The winner of each of these awards is put forward as the West Midlands nominees for the national PAFTA awards.

Best Junior (ST1-3)Trainee
  1. Demonstrates excellence in the fulfilment of their work in paediatrics

  2. Demonstrates exemplary team working and support to peers

  3. Demonstrates excellence in their interaction with patients and their families

  4. Embodies the values of the RCPCH - see below

Best Senior (ST4-8) Trainee
  1. Demonstrates excellence in the fulfilment of their work in paediatrics

  2. Demonstrates exemplary team working and support to peers

  3. Demonstrates excellence in their interaction with patients and their families

  4. Embodies the values of the RCPCH - see below

The Annie Callaghan Award for Best Educational Supervisor
  1. Demonstrates excellence in the education of Paediatric trainees

  2. Demonstrates exemplary personal support to trainees

  3. Demonstrates innovation to teaching and education

  4. Embodies the values of the RCPCH - see below

RCPCH values
  • Innovate – Approach things creatively, embrace risk, view change as an opportunity, have an open mind to new ideas

  • Influence – Advocate for better child health, challenge positively, share best practice, work proactively

  • Include – Embrace diversity, ask for the voices of ICYP, work together, value everyone's input

  • Lead – Develop self and others, act as positive role models, act with integrity and honesty, encourage, praise and thanks

We have also developed some of our own regional PAFTA awards so we can recognise more of the people and places that make training great. 

Best Training Unit
  • The department or unit shows excellence in the education and training of paediatric trainees

  • The department or unit provides exemplary support to trainees

  • Department shows excellence in adhering to the principles of the RCPCH trainees charter: https://www.rcpch.ac.uk/resources/trainee-charter 

The Vishna Rasiah Training Hero (Medical) Award 
  • This award was named in honour of Dr Vishna 'Vish' Rasiah, a wonderful colleague, passionate educator and renowned neonatologist who created a culture of team building and support that not only positively impacted on trainees he worked with, but rippled around the region. 

  • This award is for someone in a medical role who you think has made a positive contribution to the training experience for West Midlands paediatric trainees, either locally in their department or more widely across the region. 

  • The nominee could be a trainee, consultant, SAS doctor, locally employed doctor, or perhaps even a doctor in another specialty.

Training Hero (Clinical) Award
  • This award is for someone in a clinical role who you think has made a positive contribution to the training experience for West Midlands paediatric trainees, either locally in their department or more widely across the region. 

  • The nominee could be a nurse, ANNP, ANP, ACP, Allied Healthcare Professional, Pharmacist, Healthcare Assistant, Midwife, Maternity Support Worker... and any other clinical roles not listed.

Training Hero (Non-clinical) Award
  • This award is for someone in a non-clinical role who you think has made a positive contribution to the training experience for West Midlands paediatric trainees, either locally in their department or more widely across the region. 

  • This could be a member of postgraduate medical education staff, a manager, a rota manager, an administrator, a receptionist, a medical secretary, a member of medical staffing... and any other non-clinical roles not listed here. 

What about the Janet Anderson award?

This important award will continue to be awarded via the Midlands Regional Paediatric Society. PAFTAs is not a replacement for the Janet Anderson award, rather it is a trainee-led opportunity to celebrate even more wonderful people and places that make up West Midlands Paediatrics. 

I've got a question about PAFTAs that isn't answered here:

If you have any queries about the West Midlands regional PAFTAs please get in touch with the trainees committee via 'contact us' on the website or via our email: westmidlandspaediatrics@gmail.com