A pair of surgeons are riding high after cleaning up at a national awards night.

Croydon NHS's clinical director of surgery, Stella Vig, won the 'Silver Scalpel' award in recognition of her leadership and support when training future surgeons.

In what was a happy coincidence for Ms Vig, one of the surgeons who trained under her was also at the award's night, claiming her own award.

That woman was Emmie Stewart-Parker, who trained in Croydon from 2013-2014 and who now works out of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Woolwich.

Ms Stewart-Parker won the new 'Silver Suture' award which recognises the achievements of surgical trainees who contribute to the training of others.

Fair to say Ms Vig was delighted by how the evening went.

"I work with a great team both regionally and nationally," she said.

"I am incredibly proud of Emmie for her award and her ongoing support for the London Core Surgery Programme.

"These awards inspire trainers to do more - relighting and energising the passion for teaching, training and educating.

"At Croydon we're innovating all the time and I'm proud that we're involved in training all of London's surgeons.

"We are an important part of the surgical community and our patients can be sure that we strive for the highest standards."

During Ms Stewart-Parker's time in Croydon she developed a simulation course to develop teamwork, skills and safety.

That same course now forms part of the annual induction programme for all new London surgical trainees.

"I have so much respect for Stella," the Woolwich surgeon said.

"As well as providing excellent training opportunities on a day-to-day basis, she is a dedicated mentor. She makes trainees feel valued and supported - something which is so important at a time when the NHS is under such immense pressure.

"It is a huge privilege to be training as a surgeon in the NHS.

"Teaching is performed at all levels, between professional groups and even by trainees themselves.

"It is this collaborative approach which will ensure we maintain high standards of care into the future."