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Children’s doctor shines bright in top award

Children’s doctor shines bright in top award

A children’s doctor has won a national award recognising her outstanding patient care and support to fellow staff.

Dr Vanessa Sinthuraj, a registrar doctor who trained at Broomfield and Basildon hospitals, has won the Senior Trainee of the Year award at the Paediatrics Awards for Training Achievement 2024 by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.

Dr Sinthuraj’s nomination came from 10 colleagues, including junior doctors, fellow registrars and consultants, who were impressed by her dedicated care for babies.

She said: “I am honoured to have won the award. I am truly grateful to the team at Basildon who nominated me and I owe my success to these wonderful colleagues who I have learnt a lot from and have been inspired by throughout my training.

“It is very rewarding to be able to make a difference to the lives of children and their families being part of a brilliant hospital team and getting recognised for the care we provide.”

Nominators highlighted her colourful scrub top, Pokémon-themed shoes and infectious smile, saying she effortlessly created special bonds with the children visiting the hospital - a connection that became a hallmark of her care and was something that did not go unnoticed by her colleagues.

They added that her efforts to support parents in moments of worry, gain their confidence, help the team with their wellbeing, and organising training, mock exams and interviews for junior colleagues were also key factors in her receiving so many nominations and the award.

Dr Maimuna Mushabe, Clinical Director for Paediatrics at the Trust, said: “It is amazing to see Vanessa win this prestigious recognition. The award acknowledges her dedication and hard work to make a difference in the lives of children and young people, their families and her colleagues.”

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