Spotlight on CCG Members - Dr. Nagina Khan - March 2021

Spotlight on CCG Members - Dr. Nagina Khan - March 2021

Mar, 3 2021

When a person sets out on a career course it usually introduces them to humble beginnings. As their confidence and knowledge grows so do their ambition and work pursuits.

This month’s ‘Spotlight on CCG Members’ started out on a similar journey. Let us learn more about Dr. Nagina Khan.

Nagina grew up in West Yorkshire and as she reached young adulthood she worked as a registered mental health nurse working in inpatient and community, for the NHS Foundation Trust in Airedale General Hospital.

She was at the forefront of her work environment representing ethnic minority groups and being actively involved in an NHS recruitment campaign: Positive Images- to encourage others from ethnic and diverse backgrounds to work for the NHS.

The following three years found Nagina embark on a University course in Manchester. It was a full time course and taught her essential skills within the module of Medical Research Council (MRC) Training Fellow on the PHD Primary Care Research and Development Programme. This helped her become better acquainted with Kleinman’s theory of explanatory models, which provide insight into what is most important for the patients in terms of their health, illness, and care.

She also finalised her postdoctoral training at the School of Primary Care Research, also in Manchester. Her research focused on exploring service users' perspectives of early intervention services and primary care over time.

But Nagina wasn’t content with ongoing intellectual pursuits. She wanted to help people. And so, she became an Advocacy Member of the Compass Food Bank and Outreach Centre, in Ontario Canada. This scheme helps people from all walks of life who are going through hardship. It shares the theory, ‘Help for Today and Hope for Tomorrow’, the programs are focused on working to foster a caring community and to build relationships that support human dignity.

This philanthropic endeavour has found Nagina focusing primarily on homeless as the numbers of those experiencing homelessness in the Mississauga neighbourhood are on the rise.

Academia and charity work aside. Nagina is determined to make a difference in her employment status. As a member of the (UK) Association of University Teachers of Psychiatry (AUTP), Nagina is currently working with AUTP on research to impact Social Justice in Medicine.

This involvement will see her actively support healthcare workers so that they can receive fair treatment within the workplace in order for disparities to be eliminated leading to less discriminatory remarks about other work-mates.

Nagina has come a long way from her West Yorkshire beginnings. She is now located in Canada where she resides as a research scholar at Touro University Nevada. This sees her specialize on Professionalism in Medical Education Curricula at the College of Osteopathic Medicine (US)

We warmly welcome you to the CCG and look forward to learning more about your field of expertise.

^Alex Ashworth CCG UK Blogger