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Consultants win prestigious BMA book award

9 November 2017

Emily Johnson and Tim Smith consultant anaesthetists at Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust have been awarded first and second prize for the prestigious British Medical Association Awards in the category of Anaesthesia.

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The BMA medical book awards takes place annually to recognise outstanding contributions to medical literature. Prizes are awarded in 20 categories, with an overall BMA Medical book of the year award taken from the category winners.

Emily Johnson, a consultant anaesthetist, co-wrote her book, “Returning to Work in Anaesthesia: Back on the Circuit” with two friends, fellow anaesthetists, Emma Plunkett and Anna Pierson, who work at separate Trusts in the West Midlands region. The concept for the book evolved from their own personal experiences and passion to support colleagues to make the transition back to work easier. The book provides a single source of information, including up-to-date guidelines, good practice and commonly used drugs in anaesthesia. It also includes, a dedicated section helping readers’ self-assess techniques and common scenarios with the aim of equipping the reader with the confidence and knowledge to return to work.    

Dr Johnson an established author, said:

“I am thrilled and incredibly honoured to receive this award. This book is written with contributions from a number of colleagues working at Worcester who have had time away from the profession. It supports many more people than just women who’ve taken maternity leave. Coming back to work and remembering the practical and professional aspects of doctoring can be challenging.  I hope this book supports people on their journey”

Tim Smith, consultant anaesthetist, was awarded “Highly Commended” in the same category for his jointly written fourth edition book, “Fundamentals of Anaesthesia” which was first published in 1999.  The Book is specifically written for doctors in training who are undertaking their first specialist examination in Anaesthesia.

The book includes a number of contributions from new authors, many of whom work at Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust. The book has gained a reputation internationally and the previous third edition has been translated into other languages.

Dr Smith said:

“This highly coveted award is thanks to all the contributing authors, whose dedication and enthusiasm has made Fundamentals of Anaesthesia such a success”

The judges said of the latest edition:

“‘Without hesitation, this book is a great core text for students studying towards their Fellowship of the Royal College of Anaesthetist examination. This edition is more relevant for the modern syllabus and the updated guidelines further enhance the utility of this book for juniors undertaking the exam for the next five years”