NIMDTA O&G Trainee part of award winning team

NIMDTA Obstetrics & Gynaecology Trainee Dr Mary McCauley who is OOPR at Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine is part of team winning the BMJ’s award for Women’s Health Team 2015

Dr Mary McCauley - BMA Award

The Centre for Maternal and Newborn Health (CMNH) at LSTM has been declared the winner in the Women’s Health Category of the 2015 BMJ awards, which took place in London this week. 

The Women’s Health Team was one of 13 awards presented at the prestigious ceremony and was the only international project featured in the category. A small team from CMNH was invited to present their work on the Making It Happen programme, to the panel of judges in March this year along with the other five teams shortlisted. Dr Mary McCauley and Dr Charles Ameh led the presentation and Mary along with Head of CMNH, Professor Nynke van den Broek and UK volunteer Lucie Baylis were at the ceremony to receive the award.

Professor van den Broek said: “We are absolutely delighted to have won such a prestigious award, especially given the quality of the other teams that were shortlisted. I have to thank Mary and the rest of the team for their dedication to the Making it Happen programme, which is designed to help save the lives of mothers and their babies in some of the world’s poorest communities. The panel of judges were particularly impressed by CMNH’s huge database of UK based doctors and midwives who go out to the countries we work in to teach the Emergency Obstetric Care course. They work with us as volunteers, and without their time and commitment we would not be able to deliver this life saving training”

On behalf of the over 300 UK volunteers who actively support the work of CMNH, Lucie Bayliss said “I was so very proud to represent all the UK facilitators of CMNH at The BMJ Awards. It is a privilege to share our skills and knowledge with colleagues around the world, and to witness them grow in confidence and increase their competence with such enthusiasm. Thanks to The BMJ for the recognition of our work and to CMNH for the wonderful experiences that we share as facilitators.”

The BMJ Awards have been running for seven years, and have seen a tremendous amount of talented and dedicated teams recognised for their hard work. Many of those who have won, or who have been shortlisted for, an award have found they are able to take their projects further, gain wider interest and improve the health and lives of more patients.