To celebrate Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Week 2021 (10-14 May) we are highlighting different Inspirational Leadership Stories to inspire colleagues across the Northamptonshire health and care system. Each day we will meet a different inspirational leader to find out a bit more about them and how their stories connect with the daily themes of #EQW2021.

Thursday 13 May – Safety and Health
Faizal Rayan, Kettering General Hospital

Faizal Rayan

Tell us about yourself

I am an Orthopaedic Surgeon, of Indian origin, trained in India and UK, with an experience of more than 25 years. I believe in a continuous quality improving by constant restructuring of the service design. Basically trained to fix the problems it has evolved into an innate art to be a pragmatic dreamer and contribute in every way possible.

Tell us about your job and your career

Have more than 25 years experience in Trauma and Orthopaedics working in 2 different countries both in Public and private sectors. On completion of MRCSEd worked in various parts of the UK including esteemed institutions like UCL, RNOH, JRI Oxford, Leeds General Infirmary etc, Well published in peer reviewed journals and text books. Have completed MBA Health executive and also have pursued a digital entrepreneurship persistently. Now have taken up a role as hip fracture lead, making small steps to form an ideal and innovative value based care model.

What are your career / personal aspirations for the future?

I would like to contribute to the digital strategy and vision of the NHS, and also to humanise health care by leveraging technology and bringing in the new zest and empowerment of the patients and the staff. I am looking forward to my new roles (BAME & FTSU champion) and make my colleagues to believe in themselves and make their voices heard and believe in what they do and uphold the care values.

How would you sum up your key career achievements?

The great combination of clinical expertise, management and digital skills with trust and transparency and a positive adaptability and resilience.

What good fortunes have you had (career/development/progression)?

My role of championing the cause of elderly frail patients has given me the incentive to drive my vision into practicality. I have an ability to inspire others, have a clear set of values, a commitment to our community and a die hard ability to overcome obstacles.

How do you manage stressful situations?

Always take a step back, glean the scene, reflect and then pursue, if possible solve the issue keeping trust and transparency as the keystones.

Tell us about any adversity you have come across and how you dealt with it?

Sheer perseverance and the ability to breakdown the issues to the miniscules and then have a multidisciplinary approach to share and learn.

Tell us about situations where you were treated favourably and unfavourably because of your ethnic origin, compared to others?

Despite a foreign mother tongue, my language prowess have given me an advantage when I started my career in the UK. My experience has taught me to have humility as a powerful weapon rather than a weakness. Training was always an issue due to lack of mentorship can be attributed to ethnicity as most of us are utilised for service delivery only and expected to be trained already. Always in every job please be clear about what you are going to achieve, set your milestones and set the roadmap and timeline and adhere.

What advice would you have for others as to creating a positive workplace and getting ahead in career?

  • Be a Positive role model
  • Have an ability to inspire others
  • Have a clear set of values
  • Have a commitment to community
  • Have an acceptance of others
  • Have an ability to overcome obstacles

What habits / routines do you follow that have helped you to achieve a good personal life and career?

  • Stay organised and healthy
  • Persevere
  • Achieve work life balance

What are your areas of improvement (personal and work)?

Stay focussed and master multitasking.

What are your hobbies / spare time activities?

I love tennis, play in the local leagues and am also a part of a local registered charity organisation.

Who do you admire most in the world (can be a historical character)?

Muhammad Ali is an exemplary example of a successful life despite adversities and unsurmountable obstacles. He was fearless inside and outside the boxing ring. He fought undaunted for what he stood for, for what he believed was right and just – be it political, religious, and in his later years, he spent time and money doing good for others. His life, his career, his beliefs were a tipping point, so to speak. He wants young people of every background to see his life as proof that adversity can make you stronger. There can never be anyone like him, but he surely has paved the way
for others to follow.