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FST and ASiT Launch New Prize for Trainee Trainers

1 February 2018

The RCSEd’s Faculty of Surgical Trainers is proud to be joining with ASiT to support the new Silver Suture Prize for Trainee Trainers.

This new prize upholds the Faculty’s purpose to help support and develop surgeons in their role as surgical trainers, and recognises that becoming an excellent trainer begins at an early stage.

Mr Craig McIlhenny, Director of the Faculty of Surgical Trainers said: “We are delighted to be working with ASiT on the inaugural Silver Suture Prize for Trainee Trainers. The qualities that make for the best trainers must be instilled and nurtured from the beginning of a surgeon’s career. Through recognising excellence in trainees at this early stage we are helping to develop the next generation of top class trainers.”

Nominations for the Prize can be made by any ASiT member, and are open to:

  • All doctors working in the UK and Ireland, working at either Foundation, Core or higher surgical training levels. 
  • All doctors who are not in formalised training pathways, but work within surgical posts who are not either established Consultant Surgeons or Associate Specialist Surgeons. 
  • Consultant Surgeons or Associate Specialist Surgeons who are in their first year of practice and who are nominated by their peers for education delivered during their final year of training will be considered. 
  • Nominations for doctors on rotations that include non-surgical posts, such as those in Foundation programmes will only be considered if the nomination pertains to training provided in surgical jobs. 
  • Self-nominations will not be accepted.

Any ASiT member can nominate an individual. Trainees wishing to nominate an individual should write a comprehensive letter, approximately five paragraphs, specifying the trainee’s name, current department and NHS Trust (or hospital if in Ireland). The letter should outline the attributes that they believe qualify the nominee for the award. Supportive evidence from other trainees, consultants, nursing and allied health practitioners can be provided within the letter.

Nominations should be saved in PDF format and emailed to the ASiT General Manager by no later than midnight on 14 February 2018 ( Nominated individuals will be invited to provide an educational CV which must be received by the 21 February 2018.

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