31 August 2022
A team of 10 radiographers from Dubai and India are joining the RFL thanks to collaboration between staff in imaging, workforce, and recruitment. Embarking on a new adventure in the UK, our colleagues will work across Barnet Hospital, Chase Farm Hospital and the Finchley Memorial Hospital community diagnostic centre.
With the support of funding from Health Education England, Syeda Aidi, Arya Premchandran and Rab Navaz Ibrahim have already started work in the imaging department at Barnet Hospital. Our new colleagues are settling in well and said they are looking forward to exploring London. Syeda said: “I feel like we are in safe hands here, there’s good teamwork and communication. It feels like home already.” Rab added: “The imaging department is a friendly, family environment.”
Jane Cremer, senior imaging operations manager said: “Feedback so far has been brilliant. They’re experienced radiographers and passionate about what they do. We’re looking forward to the remaining radiographers joining us in September.”
Another member of the team warmly welcoming the new recruits is Uday Mane, lead reporting radiographer. Eighteen years ago, Uday moved from India to begin working at the trust and now dedicates time to welcoming staff from overseas. He said “I’ve been pulling together packs for our new colleagues with information about flights, accommodation, travel, and the local area. We want to do everything we can to help them feel part of the team.”
Michael Boetang, CT lead radiographer, continued: “It’s been a pleasure to introduce Syeda, Arya and Rab to our imaging family. We have a strong, growing team here and our new colleagues will play a key role in boosting the trust’s imaging capacity, reducing wait times for patients, and accelerating our cancer care.”
Shamar Mba, recruitment team leader, specialises in supporting international colleagues and was involved in Syeda, Arya and Rab’s recruitment. She said: “It’s been such a positive experience. We’ve put in place new processes, and I hope this paves the way for us to welcome more overseas allied health professionals to the team.”
At the Royal Free London, we are proud to welcome staff from over 120 different nationalities and wish our new colleagues all the best as they begin their imaging journey at the trust.
“You are the first people I’ve met out of the hundreds I’ve recruited internationally!” - Shamar, recruitment team leader, travelled to Barnet to meet the team.
L-R: Rab, Michael, Syeda, Uday, Shamar, Jane and Arya