As the Public and Patient Involvement (PPI) Lead for CLAHRC East Midlands and the Centre for BME Health. I hold a strategic role in ensuring that public, patient, community and stakeholder involvement and engagement is central to our diverse range of programmes and activities.
Educated in Human Resource Management followed by Race and Community Relations my career to date has been in the field of equality, diversity and community connectivity. My previous role was as a Senior Race Equality Officer with The Race Equality Centre (TREC), where I provided support and guidance to individuals who experienced discrimination on the grounds of their race and/or ethnicity. I further managed and delivered initiatives to address inequalities in accessing health service provision and the development of community based advocacy models. Also research programmes to identify the issues and barriers faced by the new and emerging communities e.g. Eastern European, economic migrant and refugee communities.
A key element of my role was to represent TREC on various forums and groups focusing on addressing inequalities and ensuring compliance with equality duties. Work has also been conducted with a range of public, private and voluntary sector organisations to enhance their policies and practices in promoting and ensuring equality of opportunity.
In my PPI role I aim to combine my skills and experience of working with individuals and groups from a range of backgrounds, cultures and traditions by recognising the lived experience, perception and expectations of the individual and ensure that we work towards ensuring a positive impact on health and wellbeing outcomes for all.