Award | Runner up, National Trainer of the Year Award 2018

Dr Karen Joash awarded the Runner up for The National Trainer of the Year Award 2018 by The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.

The RCOG introduced the Annual Trainer of the Year Award to recognise those trainers who go above and beyond to support and educate our trainees.

In the award notification letter, Dr Adalina Sacco, The Chairperson of The National Trainees’ Committee, and Janice Rymer, Vice President, Education, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologistswrote;

I am pleased to inform you (Dr Karen Joash) that amongst the many fantastic nominations we received this year, your nomination was highly regarded and was judged amongst our runners up.

Within your nomination you were commended for your work to improve the deanery, particularly in reducing undermining and bullying. Your positive attitude to taking time out of programme was inspiring to trainees and they felt you worked tirelessly to promote quality excellence in training.

We thank you for your contribution to the training and welfare of trainees. It is much appreciated.

We would like to invite you receive your award at the next College admission ceremony. You will receive an invitation for this in due course.

Congratulations on your award.”

About Ms Karen Joash

Dr Karen Joash is an obstetrician and gynaecologist who is passionate about delivering high quality care to all women. She has been working in obstetrics and gynaecology for over fifteen years and is well known for being a skilled labour ward practitioner. Her aim is to help women achieve the type of delivery which is tailored to their wants and needs. With her holistic approach and knowledge of both low risk and high risk conditions she is able to provide this for all women.

In her NHS role she is the lead for postnatal care understanding the birth journey doesn’t stop at delivery and support in this period can be crucial. She is also the lead for Quality and Safety in Maternity at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and is principled on the importance of safe practice. She also provides a comprehensive service in gynaecology with expertise in early pregnancy and ambulatory gynaecology scanning. She understands the busy schedules women have and is able to fit most procedures into the office setting if required.

In her gynaecology practice, Dr Joash is also proficient at outpatient hysteroscopy and performs gynaecology and early pregnancy scans. She is skilled in the management of menstrual disorders, hormonal disturbances, pre-menstrual disorders and fibroids. Her passion for excellence in medical education led to her appointment as the divisional director for Education women’s and children’s at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. Her qualifications include BSc (Hons), MSc, MBBS, MRCOG and PGCert in Leadership.

She has led on several quality improvement projects in Imperial including the Baby box trial, which received national acclaim.