We spoke with Hardev Gill, Associate Director of Operations for Women's Health and Paediatrics, about her background and NHS journey.
Please can you tell us a bit about your background?
I was born in Malaysia and am 3rd generation Malaysian Indian. I went to study in India when i was 13 and completed my studies there, including my nursing degree. I moved to the UK to join my husband after marriage. With all the moving around I’ve done I’ve experienced a lot of change which has enabled me to become resilient and quickly adapt to new ways of life.
Where did your career with the NHS start?
My first role within the NHS was as a staff nurse in Surgery and Endoscopy at Heatherwood Hospital. I then moved to Wexham Park Hospital and became a Band 7 Sister in Medicine where I opened and commissioned a new unit.
Can you tell me a bit about your journey and how you came to be in the role that you are in now?
I moved back into Surgery in the late 1990’s and became one of the new Matron’s for surgery. After this I became Deputy Head of Nursing for Surgical Services at Wexham Park. I then had a change of direction and moved to West Middlesex Hospital in Isleworth where I became Head of Service in Theatres, Anaesthetics and Critical Care. I worked at West Mid for three and a half years before joining ASPH as the Clinical Services Manager for Theatres, Anaesthetics and Critical Care. My current role has seen me change direction again into Women’s Health and Paediatrics.
Part of the NHS Long Term Plan focuses on Workplace Race Equality Standard and how there will be a lot more investment into race equality in the Health Service, how do you think this ties in with what we’re trying to do at ASPH?
We’ve refreshed and relaunched our Staff BAME (Black Asian or Minority Ethnic) Network which will help to support the Trust to achieve their goals for race equality and we have three primary objectives;
- Education and Engagement - Provide a resource to encourage, educate and constructively challenge.
- Workforce - Act as a support and advisory group to BAME and non BAME colleagues-we don’t want to make this just a BAME network-this will be open to every employee.
- Partnership and Collaboration - Support the Trust attract, recruit and retain BAME staff.
How can people get involved with BAME?
We’ll be doing activities to engage with staff and let them know that we are here. We’ll have a display stand at Ashford and St. Peter’s to let people know how they can get involved.
Anything else you’d like to mention/include?
I would just like to take the opportunity to say that if there are any staff who need immediate guidance or support then please approach us. You don’t need to wait to become a member of the BAME network. Also I wanted to ask everyone to please get involved, the network won’t be a success without the support of everyone here-and it’s not just for BAME staff, it’s for anyone who has an interest in making improvements and striving to be an inclusive organisation.