I was trained in South East London and started my consultant job at Tunbridge Wells Hospital in 2001. I have been a paediatric tutor and had good input as the Local Neonatal Network (LNC) Neonate Lead when the neonatal transport teams were starting. For the last six years, I have been the Clinical Director for Paediatrics. I believe leadership is a role that you cannot study for, but instead you do and learn while performing the role. There are lots of hardships along the way but if you are fair and helpful to others it usually works well.
I believe leadership is a role that you cannot study for, but instead you do and learn while performing the role
I have always been a strong supporter of MRCPCH candidates and have been an examiner for the last 15 years. Recently I have taken on the role of RCPCH Deputy Chair for Medical Training Initiative (MTI). Helping MTI doctors has been my long term interest. I have trained many MTI doctors from Pakistan and India in the past and they have progressed very well in their own countries. Some of them have even been working at Professor grade. I was keen to work more on MTI and hence applied for the post and got selected. My ambition is to attract more and more trainees in paediatrics so it can help resolve our rota gaps as well as improve the standard of paediatric care in developing countries. I am working with the team and recently we have planned a study day for MTI doctors to help them to understand the basics of NHS work. We are currently encouraging paediatric leads in teaching hospitals and district general hospitals to create more MTI posts. Our aim is for these doctors to return to their own countries and help the local care, rather than the MTI programme being for permanent posts in United Kingdom.
I am also a member of College's Audit, Finance and Risk Committee. This was a new role for me and initially I was apprehensive to join, but after discussions with other team members, I was confident that I can contribute in this role. I have to advocate the need for junior doctors and make sure they have the best outcome during training and especially in exams during the tough period of COVID-19 and the post CVOID-19 era. Being a BAME member myself I want to make sure issues are highlighted in governance meetings such as this.
Being a BAME member myself I want to make sure issues are highlighted in governance meetings such as this
I would encourage other BAME doctors to get involved and apply for vacant volunteer posts at the College and share their experience. It will also help them to gain some knowledge in leadership and quality improvement programmes.