Doctor wins national award for mentoring scheme work

Dr Carys Fleming at the HEAT awards (photo via SASH)


A junior doctor at East Surrey Hospital has won a national award for leading a welfare and mentoring scheme to support the mental health and wellbeing of doctors in training.

Dr Carys Fleming won the Inspirational Trainee Award at this year’s national Health Education and Training Awards, run by Health Education England.

The nomination for her work at Surrey & Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust (SASH) read:

“Carys continually goes the extra mile and leads from the front, continuously keen to be involved in any welfare developments that the trust can adopt.

Carys’s input has had a clear impact on the wellbeing of her colleagues. For a new mentoring scheme, she recruited more senior trainees, physician associates and nurses to act as mentors.”

The awards were presented in London on 18 July after judges selected the winners from 790 entries for the 13 categories.

Carys said:

“It was such an honour even just to be nominated for the award.

 I’m so proud of everyone I’ve worked with in the last two years who have put so much effort into supporting our junior doctors in their wellbeing.

I think we are making huge progress in breaking down barriers and stigma around mental health and illness among our staff, which is what I set out to do.

Most of all I’m glad that something good has come from my own struggles with mental illness.

It feels like it was worth everything I went through if it can make a difference to someone else’s experience.

Having that recognised with this award is the cherry on the cake.”

Michael Wilson CBE, chief executive at SASH said:

“This is an amazing achievement for Carys and we are incredibly proud of the commitment and compassion she has shown in supporting the wellbeing of her colleagues.

This award is a testament to her hard work – well done.”