A consultant from Wrexham Maelor Hospital has landed two Trainer of the Year Awards from the UK-wide Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) and from Trainees in Wales Obstetrics and Gynaecology Society.
Sujeewa Fernando, a consultant urogynaecologist, was nominated for the prestigious awards by his trainees for his support and encouragement. Mr Fernando is a consultant in Obstetrics, Gynaecology and specialises in Urogynaecology, which treats issues with pelvic floor, prolapses and bladder problems in women.
Trainees, who nominated Mr Fernando for the RCOG award, said: “We feel Mr Fernando deserves Trainer of the Year because he is one of the most supportive team members that many of us have worked with, and always encourages individuals to achieve their best. He will use his experiences and endless achievements to provide support, making even the most difficult task feel manageable. He is an asset to Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and is an inspiration to us all.”
The Trainees in Wales Obstetrics and Gynaecology Society award recognises trainers who have gone above and beyond the requirements as a clinical or educational supervisor.
His nominees described Dr Fernando as “very supportive” and said: “He makes juniors feel at ease in all situations. Working alongside him is therefore a relaxed, enjoyable and well supported experience.”
Mr Fernando said: “I felt so happy and excited when I found out this great news. It’s not the prestige that matters but how it makes us feel, and I feel very proud, happy, delighted and overwhelmed. This was an acknowledgement of a job well done and hard work.
“I feel very humbled, appreciated and very proud that I was nominated. I would like to thank each and every trainee in the whole of Wales for nominating me with such impressive statements.
“Being a trainer is very important for me as well as my department, the health board and Welsh deanery, this award really shows how much we care and support our trainees.”