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Publication Date: 29/11/2017 

Obstetrics and gynaecology success 

One of the top training departments in the UK  

 

Dr Evelyn Ferguson and Dr Sikhar Sircar. 

NHS Lanarkshire’s obstetrics and gynaecology team has been recognised as one of the top 10 training departments in the UK by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG).

The ‘highly commended’ for gynaecology training, obstetric training, professional development and overall performance is based on the feedback from trainee doctors.

Dr Evelyn Ferguson, consultant obstetrician/gynaecologist, said: “We are thrilled and honoured to receive the highly commended award for the quality of training in obstetrics and gynaecology in NHS Lanarkshire. 

“We are delighted that the trainees value the effort and dedication of all staff in the Health Board who help them achieve their personal training goals and that they have given us such positive feedback.”

Evelyn, who is the NHS Lanarkshire lead clinical trainer and joint RCOG college tutor, was also recently awarded runner-up for the individual RCOG Trainer of the Year. This is a UK-wide award and Evelyn was nominated by the west of Scotland trainee doctors. 

Together with her colleague Dr Sikhar Sircar, Evelyn contacts each trainee long before they arrive at the maternity unit to find out what their educational requirements are.  They then match the trainees with suitable supervisors and tailor their daily work schedule in accordance with their training needs. 

Dr Sikhar Sircar said: “We hear a lot about patient-centred care in our daily work lives. In Lanarkshire, we have used this ethos with our trainee-centred approach to tailoring training to each individual.”

Speaking about the recent success, NHS Lanarkshire medical director, Dr Iain Wallace, said: "I am absolutely delighted with the department's recognition as one of the best 10 obstetrics and gynaecology training units in the UK. That is a massive achievement and a real accolade to be recognised in this way."