Meet The Team- Regional Reps
West Midlands Rep
I am a proud Trinidadian and graduate from the University of the West Indies MBBS 2010. My passion for Paediatric Emergency Medicine brought me to the UK in 2017. As a clinical fellow, I was lucky to work with a supportive team at Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Trust. They enabled me to successfully enter paediatric training in the West Midlands at ST4 in 2019. I look forward to meeting other IMGs in the West Midlands to share experiences and provide guidance.
North East Rep
I am from the small island of Mauritius and graduated from the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne in 2011. I have been in the North East ever since, and currently completing my training in general paediatrics with a special interest in paediatric cardiology. I have interests in medical education and I look forward to meeting other IMGs in the region to help guide and support them.
South Wales Rep (mat leave)
An Indian Medical Graduate, now a Paediatric trainee in Wales. I love reading books and feel like I have achieved my Ikigai in Paediatrics. My new goal- helping IMGs settle in the UK (socially and NHSly)
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I am a paediatric clinical fellow at Cardiff&Vale University Health Board.I graduated from Sudan and I moved to UK in 2019. I have an interest in paediatric endocrinology. From a personal perspective, I enjoy swimming and charity work. I am keen to support paediatrics IMGs through their journey in the UK .
My Twitter account is Azza24891675.
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I am a senior Paediatric trainee working in South Wales. I graduated from Leicester Medical School and spent the first part of my medical and paediatric training in England (East Midlands, Devon and Cornwall). I have recently transferred to the South Wales Deanery. I have a keen interest in neonatology and paediatric cardiology and thoroughly enjoy teaching colleagues and medical students. Outside of work, I love anything to do with sport and I like to unwind with long walks exploring the South Wales coastline.
I recognise the importance of embracing the skills and strengths that IMG’s have to offer and learning from their expertise. I am keen to use my experience and skills to help IMG’s transition successfully into the NHS environment. I would like to offer my help and support in any way that I can so that IMG’s can develop their portfolios and pursue career interests. Please do get in touch if you have any questions. I look forward to working with all of you.
South West Rep
Biog to come
Kent Surrey Sussex Rep
A paediatrician fascinated about my career. I am from Sudan, and grew up in Saudi Arabia where I have mixed with different cultures and Nationalities. I have graduated from Shendi university in Sudan. My ambition is to contribute to child health and mental wellbeing as every child deserves to receive decent medical care. When I was trying to explore the NHS system in my first job I have been surrounded by lovely colleagues who supported and guided me, which helped To have soft transition and settling. Since then I decided to be part of others soft transitions.
My fabulous pleasure in my spare time is: photography, baking cakes and reading books .
My motivation sentence is :Believe you can then you are half way there .
East of England Co-Rep
I am an senior trainee in Paediatrics. I am from India and completed my Paediatric training from JIPMER. I enjoy reading. I am happy to be a part of this wonderful team and try my best to support and guide all my colleagues.
Kent Surry Sussex Deputy Rep
A Sudanese national, grew up in Saudi.
Currently, I am a Paediatric trainee in KSS deanary. Interested in PICU and global child health.
I had been blessed with the guidance and support from my friends and colleagues when I joined the NHS; therefore, I have always been interested in supporting new-in particular IMGs who struggle the most in adjusting to the system.
I love shopping and enjoy travelling, exploring new cultures and living new experiences.
East of England Co-Rep
Adapting to the NHS would have been an overwhelming experience for me if not for the support of some great colleagues.
I believe team soft landing is a safe haven for IMGs seeking support without judgement, and will help guide IMGs to make the most out of their career in the UK.
I trained in Nigeria and have been working in the UK since 2018.
I had excellent support settling into the NHS but found that I was the exception rather than the rule and so I started offering help and a listening ear to IMG's on an informal basis. Just fixing tips based on my experience and the support I got. I find it fulfilling to see how each person transitions from being terrified and overwhelmed to being able to work through the challenges and differences. And it's often just the words 'You can do this', that make the difference.
North West Rep
I completed my post-graduation from India and moved to the UK to pursue my interest in neonatology. I have recently started my sub-speciality GRID training post in neonates. Outside of work I love travelling and savouring local cuisines. Much of my time lately is spent chasing after my curious toddler. I have been lucky to find mentors who have guided and supported me to pursue my career goals. I am keen to help fellow IMGs transition successfully in to working in the NHS and pursuing their sub-speciality interests.
East Midlands Rep
I grew up in Malaysia
Graduated at Keele university bit also spent some time in training in Australia
Used to fence, now just taken up air pistol/rifle shooting
Northern Ireland Rep
I am a paediatric registrar at the Royal Belfast hospital for Sick Children. I finished medical school in Greece. Following that I completed my foundation year programme in North East of England before starting paediatrics and recently I transferred my training to Northern Ireland. I have interest in ambulatory paediatric medicine Whenever my little boys allow I enjoy playing the guitar, oil painting, yoga and gardening.
Northern Ireland Rep
I am an ST6 Paediatric trainee in Northern Ireland. I am an IMG who graduated from Poland. Prior to taking up an ST3 post she completed an internship and basic paediatric training in the Republic of Ireland. She enjoys neonatal medicine and is currently under-taking PgD in neonates at Cardiff University. Justyna aims to offer IMGs the necessary tools to support them through their journey in paediatric training in UK.