Thank you for taking the time to feature in our Q&A Dr Raghu, it was a pleasure supporting you on your journey to the UK and we wish you all the best with your future in the UK.
1. What speciality, grade and what hospital do you work at?
I’m working in Trauma & Orthopaedics as a Junior Clinical Fellow at Lister Hospital, Stevenage.
2. What country did you relocate from?
3. Would you share with us your personal mission as a doctor?
I support the NHS’s motto of offering free and high-standard Healthcare to the public. Isn’t this why we wanted to become doctors?
4. At what point in your career did you decide you wanted to relocate to the UK? What were your motivations for wanting to do so?
I was always in awe of the NHS and it’s workings to help each and everyone. When I was doing my Orthopaedic training in India I realised I wanted to learn more to better my knowledge. I personally feel UK offers the best ground to learn and progress in my career, in keeping with the latest development.
5. How long did it take you to relocate, how difficult did you find the process, and do you recommend it to other IMGs?
It was a very smooth journey, all thanks to Jonny Carter and Gabrielle Richardson at BDI who were with me with every step. I definitely recommend BDI Resourcing.
7. Is there anything you would have liked to have known before deciding to relocate? And now once you live in the UK?
I was briefed very well by the BDI team and was adequately prepared. I was in touch with them for each and every step till I started work and it was a very satisfying experience. Bless you all! I was able to adapt and am settling in.
8. For you, what are the key benefits of living in the UK?
The wonderful weather, beautiful architecture, excellent work environment and helpful colleagues. Last but not least, the scrumptious food…
9. How do you feel you settled in your chosen location within the UK?
I stay at the outskirts of London. It’s got a vibrant High Street with everything to offer. Less traffic and the hustle-bustle of Central London. I do miss my family and friends but I make time to keep in touch with them, regularly.
10. How did you feel on your first day of working within the NHS, your first week, month and then how do you feel now compared to when you first started?
I imagined it would be daunting on my first day but it was the exact opposite. I was warmly welcomed by my colleagues.
It was a little difficult at first because there are a lot of things we get to learn on the job which is very different from back in our home countries. Especially executing things requires protocol and documentation which I gradually picked up.
Now I feel more confident and have realised that patient safety is the key in making all the right decisions.
11. How would you describe the support you received from your hospital after starting your new position?
I am lucky to be working with wonderful people. They are supportive and always willing to listen. Wouldn't have asked for better.
12. What is your opinion on the NHS? Working within it and as a patient receiving care?
I’m satisfied with the way NHS works but I feel it is understaffed. Everything we do is to make sure the patient receives the quality care with safety. At the end of the day, the patients are the most understanding people who worry about us too.
13. How do you find working in the UK compared to your home country?
There are a lot of differences and I am grateful for my experience in my home country which has taught me a lot in my surgical field. I am completing my learning to be a safe and updated doctor in the NHS.
14. Why did you choose to specialise in Trauma and Orthopaedics?
There’s no better satisfaction to treat your patient and see them walk again.
15. What were your thoughts on working as a T&O before you came to the UK? Did reality meet your expectations?
Since I did my training in T&O in India, I wanted to learn more and update myself. I have also learnt that safe-practice is the best. Reality indeed did meet my expectations.
16. Do you plan to apply for Surgery Specialty Training?
I would love to pursue training in the UK because training offers great benefits to making an overall confident and safe surgeon with good exposure to clinical research as well.
17. How was studying for MRCS? Do you have any advice for other doctors currently studying for it?
The MRCS was a difficult exam because it was not just Orthopaedics but more of General Surgery and ENT as well. I had the great company of other aspirants during my preparation which I think was vital.
My advice is to get your basics strong, practice well and you will pass the exam with flying colours.
18. Do you have any advice for doctors about to join a new NHS post in Trauma and Orthopaedics?
Come to work in the NHS with an open mind and learn to adapt quickly because it’s very busy and at the end of the day we need to be safe doctors for our patients. T&O offers a rewarding career and must be considered.
19. What are your hopes and goals for the future?
I want to progress into T&O training and also contribute to clinical research.
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