Trainee orthopaedic surgeons have named two hospitals run by East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust (ESNEFT) in their top three places to train in the region.
Colchester Hospital has been named Orthopaedic Training Hospital of the Year for the East of England, taking back the prestigious title it first won in 2019/20.
Ipswich Hospital has also climbed the ranks to third place, which is a significant improvement. Trainees’ votes saw it placed joint ninth in the region, out of 10 hospitals, just two years ago.
Consultant orthopaedic surgeon at Colchester Hospital and ESNEFT’s musculoskeletal clinical director Mark Loeffler said: “I am delighted with the results of the Training Hospital of the Year Survey.
“Colchester Hospital was again named as the top performing hospital and Ipswich was the most improved hospital, which is great for our Trust. It really puts us on the map.”
Lead educational supervisor for trauma and orthopaedics at Colchester Mabs Alam added: “It’s a whole team effort across the department. We’ve changed the training based on the feedback from the trainees to make improvements and we’re delighted that it’s been recognised.”
Consultant orthopaedic surgeon at Ipswich Hospital and ESNEFT’s divisional clinical director for musculoskeletal and special surgery Mark Bowditch said: “I am absolutely delighted with these results. It really demonstrates our continued commitment to trauma and orthopaedic training at ESNEFT despite an extremely challenging year.”
Lead orthopaedic educational supervisor for Ipswich and consultant orthopaedic surgeon Graham Myers added: “I am immensely proud of how my consultant colleagues have responded to the challenge of improving the orthopaedic training experience at Ipswich Hospital.”
ESNEFT trainees also featured prominently in the academic presentations, with Sunny Parikh winning best presentation and Thomas Barker and Nichola McLaughlin also among the prize winners.
Mr Loeffler added: “The success of our trainees is a reflection of our commitment to training orthopaedic surgeons and advancing scientific knowledge in our field.”
Through the annual training survey, orthopaedic trainee surgeons rate hospitals on factors such as operating lists and how much operating they get to do, formal teaching and the educational value of clinics and meetings. Their scores are then used to determine the overall winner of the award.
The results of the survey were recently announced at the Cambridge Trauma and Orthopaedic Club.
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