Publish date: 20 October 2023

In conversation with Samridh Sharma

A portrait of Smaridh Sharma

I embarked on a life-changing journey when I left India and arrived in the United Kingdom in 2010. As I reflect on my journey, I am reminded of the path that led me to my current role as a healthcare assistant in the mental health sector, where I specialise in caring for older patients dealing with historic mental health issues.

My journey in the UK began in Bournemouth where I worked as a healthcare assistant for an agency. This role exposed me to the intricacies of the UK healthcare system and during this time I pursued an MSC in Public Health.

Now, working in Ward 21 at NTGH, I support functional patients through a holistic approach, combining medical and psychological services to help them regain their independence and reintegrate into society. It's a challenging yet rewarding journey, which I’m honoured to be a part of.

In the context of my work, I have found that diversity plays a pivotal role in patient care. People from different backgrounds bring unique perspectives and life experiences, enriching the quality of care we provide.

As we celebrate Black History Month, I am reminded of the collective strength that emerges from diversity. Black History Month is a celebration of the contributions made by a diverse group of individuals who have come together within our healthcare trust. It is a time to acknowledge the achievements and ongoing dedication of people from all backgrounds, each contributing to providing effective and excellent service to the public.

As I continue my journey in healthcare, I am proud to be part of an organisation that values diversity and recognises the importance of a holistic approach to patient care. I remain committed to my mission of helping patients regain their independence and mental well-being, irrespective of their backgrounds. Every day, I am inspired by the patients I serve and the dedicated team I work with.

I am also proud to have completed my BritishSamridh holding a certificate surrounded by four other people and a photograph of Her Majesty the Queen citizenship ceremony and being a part of the British North East community.

In the spirit of Black History Month and the broader celebration of diversity, I look forward to making a lasting impact on the lives of our patients. My journey is ongoing, and I am dedicated to the cause of providing compassionate, holistic care to those who need it most.