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Dr Ghazala Rehman

“The NHS is a kind of family. I’m getting excellent support from all the lead psychologists, managerial support and from my colleagues – they really are excellent.”

Dr Ghazala Rehman is a Senior Clinical Psychologist who has recently joined the team at Langley Green Hospital in Crawley, working across three acute wards. Having previously worked in the private sector, Ghazala joined the NHS in 2017.

We asked Ghazala what made her want to take that step and come and work in the NHS: 

“When I worked in the private sector I think I was in my comfort zone but I had wanted to work in the NHS for a long time. This change took courage - but now I have joined the organisation, I keep asking myself why I delayed! It really is a fantastic experience.

“The NHS is a kind of family. I’m getting excellent support from all the lead psychologists, managerial support and from my colleagues – they really are excellent.”

We asked Ghazala what she thinks is so great about working in the NHS: “Because I am in a position to compare and contrast between the private sector and public sector, here there is a lot of investment in team building and that seems to be working really well. It’s all about person centred approach, and patient first. The organisation really takes pride in their values.

“The NHS as an organisation is really excellent in providing support to new starters. It is equally good for people who in the middle of their career. And for me at the stage I am at in my career, it is open to me as well which is fantastic.”

We spoke to Ghazala about why she thinks we are so lucky to have the NHS: “When I first came to the UK from Pakistan, one of the first things I liked was seeing the NHS system – it was completely different to the system back home. In the NHS, everyone is treated equally and has access to the best clinical services.”

“First thing I did when I joined the organisation was I updated my Facebook profile and said ‘I have joined the NHS!’. That sense of ownership and pride I have never had for an organisation before. It’s amazing.”