Princess Alexandra paediatrician wins top award

Communities / Tue 21st Apr 2015 at 08:30am

Princess AwardA LEADING paediatrician at Princess Alexandra Hospital has won a prestigious regional award for the training he gives junior doctors.

Dr Elmo Thambapillai, Consultant Paediatrician and Lead Neonatologist at The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust (PAHT), won the prestigious Paediatric Award for Training Achievements (PAFTA) for the ‘Best Educational Supervisor’ within the East of England deanery*. Dr Thambapillai received an impressive ten nominations from Paediatric trainees, competing against 15 other consultants in the region.

Dr Thambapillai began working at the PAHT in 1992 and has since contributed to a number of developments within the Trust, such as the development of the Paediatric and Neonatal Care Practice and the upgrade of the Special Care Baby Unit to a Sub-Regional Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, alongside Doctors Vijay Chakravarti, and Gilbert Tin Hla.

Since the start of his career, Dr Thambapillai has worked tirelessly to promote teaching and training practices. He was appointed to the role of college tutor in 2010 and says: “In all my management roles, I would say, without hesitation, that the role of College Tutor was the most enjoyable and satisfying.”
He was nominated for the PAFTA award for his focus and passion for teaching. He spearheaded a structured teaching programme which invited external speakers to lecture and also developed his own material to teach and train all Paediatric trainees in cranial ultrasonography*.

Dr Nickolaos Cholidis, a student and colleague of Dr Thambipillai said: ‘Dr Thambipillai has been an inspirational tutor for countless generations of junior doctors. He was always first there and last out of any teaching session, provided invaluable input and guidance for all his trainees and deserves this award in recognition of his hard work shaping doctors attitudes and practice’

Dr Thambapillai, picture attached, collected his award at a lavish ceremony in the Bedford Lodge Hotel, Newmarket, saying he was ‘humbled’ and ‘exhilarated’ to have won.

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