Paediatrics Specialist Trainee Rebecca Hewitson and Consultant Caroline Fertleman have been awarded first prize in the Paediatrics category at the British Medical Association (BMA) Medical Book Awards 2015.
They received their award from Professor Sir Al Aynsley-Green, President of the BMA, at a ceremony held in September 2015 at BMA House in London.
Their winning book, The Hands-on Guide to Practical Paediatrics, is a practical guide for medical students encountering paediatrics for the first time, as well as junior doctors thinking about working with children and new paediatric trainees.
The book benefits from the contrasting perspectives of the 2 authors: Rebecca as a junior doctor knowing how it feels “not to know” and Caroline writing all the things she wished she had known.
The book has been praised by junior doctors entering Paediatrics for the first time. In a review submitted to Archives of Disease in Childhood, Dr Susan Scott wrote: “As a junior doctor stepping into the world of paediatrics for the first time I found the “be prepared” advice and communication chapter have provided gems of practical knowledge.”
Caroline said “it was brilliant to be able to support Becky in writing this textbook on how to practically manage un-well children and collaborate to identify key learning points for those in the early stages of their career”. All the videos hosted by UCL were made at Whittington Health. Co-author Becky Hewitson said “it was such a surprise and incredible honour to have received this award for our book. I hope that it will be helpful to those working with children and help to answer some of the questions they perhaps feel too silly to ask.”
The BMA Medical Book Awards take place annually to recognise outstanding contributions to the medical literature. Prizes are awarded in 21 categories.