Mrs Katharina “Ineke” Anwar retires today after almost 20 years as a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist in Burton.
Ineke graduated 1986 in Utrecht, Holland and initially came to the UK the following year intending to stay just six months. Whilst working in general surgery she met her husband to be, and the following year she enjoyed her placement as a GP trainee in obstetrics and gynaecology so much that she changed plans and career path, settling as an O&G trainee in the West Midlands.
Jobs in Shrewsbury, Solihull and Walsall followed, and then in 2001 Ineke was appointed as a consultant to Queen’s Hospital. Her passion and enjoyment for delivering high quality obstetric and in particular intrapartum care has been evident to all those who have worked with her, and has led to many innovations on Delivery Suite including the enhanced recovery pathway after Caesarean section, which she developed with anaesthetic colleagues.
Alongside clinical care Ineke became CollegeTutor for O&G in Burton in 2004, before taking on roles in medical management culminating in that of Divisional Medical Director for Women & Children and Surgery in Burton in the two years prior to the merger with Derby. In 2014 Ineke took a major part in leading the maternity department to receive the national CHKS award for Excellence in Maternity Care, and at the RCOG Maternity Safety Conference in 2016 entries from Burton were prizewinners in all categories.
Ineke has always looked for new challenges, and in 2018 she was part of the successful RCOG expedition to climb the 3700m volcano Mount Rinjani on the island of Lombok, Indonesia, which raised money for Global Women’s Health.
Ineke’s last working day is her birthday, Friday 16th October, and she will be in the Maternity department all afternoon to say goodbye to her friends and colleagues.