Dr Adil Jawad
“The NHS gives me a fantastic opportunity to help the poorest of the poor and the most vulnerable sections of the society which I would never have had an opportunity to help if I worked in private healthcare where only people who can pay, have access."
Dr Adil Jawad is a Consultant Psychiatrist in the Recovery Bexhill and Hastings Assessment and Treatment Team based at Cavendish House in Hastings.
Talking about joining the NHS and about his NHS career, Dr Adil said: “I joined the NHS in February 2002. As you are aware, the NHS is the fifth biggest employer in the world (in 2015-16, it employed around 1.6 million people). The NHS faces a lot of challenges and is the best health care system in the world where every person in the UK gets free, world class treatment at the point of contact.
“I have experience of 21 years in psychiatric practice spread over India (five years) and UK (16 years) and more than eight years of clinical management experience as a consultant of which two years are as clinical lead for acute services.
“I started working at Sussex Partnership in February 2002 as a trainee and have worked as a consultant psychiatrist for inpatient wards, assertive outreach teams, community teams and crisis resolution and home treatment team across the organisation. I also hold other positions at Sussex Partnership: enhanced appraiser, qualified clinical and educational supervisor, core member of the mood disorders and anxiety clinical academic group, coordinator final year medical students from Brighton and Sussex Medical School, North West Sussex and mentor/role model for Black Ethnic Minority staff.
“Since May 2017, I have been the clinical lead for acute services, North West Sussex and chair of the Trust-wide acute inpatient forum. I was the interim locality tutor for North West Sussex between February and April 2017. I am leading on the inpatient clinical strategy programme and have recently started working on the NHS improvement backed Red2Green Programme for our Trust. I am appointed as deputy regional advisor for Kent Surrey Sussex and CESR (Certificate of Eligibility for Specialist Registration) evaluator and committee member by the Royal College of Psychiatrists.
“I was awarded a ‘special commendation award’ for my contribution to Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust in 2013 for my work and received the clinical excellence award in May 2016. For my international work, in recognition of immense support and cooperation to achieve its objectives, DARE (Doctors Association for Relief and Education), Hyderabad City Chapter, India, awarded me twice in September 2016 and January 2017.
“In 2014 the University College London (UCL) undertook a nationwide core fidelity review of crisis teams in 39 areas of functioning. We did extremely well, and were way above the national average. The report stated: ‘this team has excelled in explaining illnesses and treatments to patients’. This was fantastic to hear, because many of our patients do not understand why they need to take their medication (an audit 2 years ago had shown that 77% of readmissions were people who have not been taking their medication). As part of the study I had to submit a case report and shared the story of a lady who was suffering from psychosis. I demonstrated how our team had helped her to understand the importance of taking her medication. She had very young children, so we did all we could to help her avoid hospital admission. Our team’s dedication kept her family together. UCL now uses this case study as an example on their website, and I am very proud to have set that example, you can find out more by clicking here.
Dr Adil described the best thing about his job and working for the NHS: “The NHS gives me a fantastic opportunity to help the poorest of the poor and the most vulnerable sections of the society which I would never have had an opportunity to help if I were working in private healthcare where only people who can pay, have access.
The NHS is going through a difficult phase currently where staff face the challenge of ‘managing more with less’ due to the financial constraints. It is time for all of us to think about changing cultures and working more smartly.
“Despite the grave challenges facing the NHS, I love the way every staff member truly believe in continuing to provide the highest level of safe and compassionate care to every patient.
“I would like to see the NHS continue with its core values rather than see its demise in the coming years. It is concerning to see it go the American healthcare way where 600,000 people go bankrupt every year due to medical bills. The NHS is a unique healthcare system providing world class care its patients and to keep it going we need to think about how to work more smartly and efficiently.
“There is no better place than the NHS if you are interested in utilising and developing your skills and experience whilst getting utmost satisfaction of helping the most vulnerable people."