About this event

  • Date and time Tue 11 Jun 2024 from 9:15am to 4:30pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Paediatrics and Child Health, SoftLanding

We are pleased to invite you to our upcoming webinar focused on equality, diversity, and inclusion within the paediatric workforce in the NHS.

This event will highlight some of the experiences and challenges faced by IMG doctors, particularly those working within paediatrics and child health. You'll learn from experts about the changing workforce, effective educational supervision, addressing cultural differences, and how to harness the power of the diversity of experiences IMG have in different healthcare settings.

You'll hear a series of presentations from keynote speakers and engage in interactive workshops involving brainstorming solutions for achieving equality and diversity in all aspects of paediatric training and healthcare delivery.

Delivered in collaboration with the Soft Landing team, who have developed expertise in working with and supporting IMG paediatricians over the last three years, alongside important stakeholders, this event offers a unique opportunity to draw on the vital knowledge this group has to offer.

By attending, you will:

  • Gain increased awareness about inequalities within the paediatric training that the medical workforce do face (IMG doctors)
  • Improve your supervision experience for international medical graduates
  • Understand how and when to seek support when IMG doctors face stressful time at work
  • Know where to look for opportunities for academic activities


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Key speakers

Mala Rao

Professor Mala Rao

Professor in Public Health, Imperial College London

Speaker's biography

Professor Mala Rao CBE MSc MBBS FFPH PhD HonFFSRH HonFSoPHE HonFRCPCH is Director of the Ethnicity and Health Unit at Imperial College London and former Medical Adviser to NHS England’s Workforce Race Equality Strategy. She has recently been appointed a Clinical Adviser on IMG Induction by the GMC. She is also chair of the Expert group on the Environmental Determinants of Climate change and Health, WHO South East Asia Region. Her career has spanned public health practice, policy and research in the UK and global arenas. Her most significant achievements have been in workforce development, health systems strengthening and environmental health. She is a recognised champion of climate action, safe water and sanitation and gender equity and globally respected for her research and advocacy on race equality and the intersection between race, health and climate.


In 2014, a review which she lead influenced parliamentarians to establish the NHS Workforce Race Equality Strategic Advisory Group of which she was Vice-Chair during 2016 - 2018. She co-guest edited the February 2020 British Medical Journal’s special issue on Racism in Medicine which won a prestigious UK Professional Publishers Award (PPA) in 2021 and influenced the launch of the NHS Race and Health Observatory. In 2021, she lead the development of the Medical Workforce Race Equality Standard, a ‘world first’ in monitoring racism and discrimination across the medical workforce. In 2022, she launched the first comprehensive guide to induction for international medical graduates recruited to the NHS.


She is the recipient of awards, including an OBE in the Queen’s Honours in 2013, the Alwyn Smith prize, the UK’s most prestigious award for public health, in 2021 and Honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health in 2022. She was awarded a CBE in the New Year Honours list of 2024, for services to Public Health, the NHS and to Equality and Diversity.

Dr Partha Kar (1)

Professor Partha Kar

National Specialty Advisor, Diabetes & Type 1 Diabetes Technology lead in the NHS and GMC clinical advisor to IMGS

Speaker's biography

He is an International Medical Graduate (Kolkata, India) who works as a Consultant in Diabetes & Endocrinology at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, UK since 2008- and won multiple awards at the BMJ, HSJ & Guardian Care Awards

He has helped to make use of CGM standard care in Type 1 Diabetes- while also implementing use of CGM in T1D pregnancy. He has led in developing online digital self-management platforms- while recently leading on wider access to Closed Loops working with NICE (TA943)
His other work has involved championing “Language Matters”; principles of Peer support for Type 1 Diabetes as well as Co- creator of Type 1 Diabetes comic (Volume 1 to 5) and a Decision Support Tool for T1D management

He is one of the leading users of social media in diabetes care- and writes a monthly blog for the British Medical Journal.

He has also been recognized as one of the most influential figures from the ethnic minority population across healthcare in the UK by the Healthcare Service Journal in 2020,2021,2022 and 2023

He is the author of first report detailing action plan to tackle racism in medical workforce, and joined GMC as clinical advisor to IMGs

Dr Camilla Kingdon

Dr Camilla Kingdon

Consultant Neonatologist, Evelina London Children's Hospital, former President, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health

Speaker's biography

Camilla Kingdon completed a 3-year term as former President of the Royal College of Paediatrics & Child Health (RCPCH) at the end of March 2024.  She graduated with an MBChB from the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and undertook her Paediatric training in London, where she has worked as a consultant neonatologist at the Evelina London Children’s Hospital since 2000.  She has an MA in Medical Careers Management. 

Camilla has 2 main areas of interest, which are both underpinned by inclusion and equity.  Firstly, advocating for the impact of health inequalities and climate change which disproportionately impact the most disadvantaged children globally.  And secondly, making the case for a new paradigm in child health leadership that is inclusive and compassionate. AS an IMG herself she has lived experience of some of some of the issues faced by IMGs starting their careers in the NHS.


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Welcome and introduction
Medical Workforce Race Equality Standard (MWRES) and the changing workforce. Why do we need it and is it enough?

Professor Partha Kar OBE, Diabetes Consultant, Portsmouth Hospitals NHS University Trust

Equality, diversity and inclusion initiative by Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health

Dr Camilla Kingdon, Consultant Neonatologist, Evelina London Children's Hospital, President, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health

National standardised guidance for IMG induction programme  (updates, reflection and feedback)

Professor Mala Rao CBE, Professor in Public Health, Imperial College London

Tea and coffee break
Panel Discussion,the story of Softlanding: Filling a gap, challenges and the future plans 

Chair: Yincent Tse, Mentor, Soft Landing 

Panel: Nadia Baasher, Co-founder, Habab Easa, Co-founder, Nadia Audhali 

Lunch break
Panel Discussion
1.15 pm Wellbeing session

Chair: Neelakshi Ghosh, Team Soft Landing

Jess Morgan, RCPCH Dinwoodie Clinical Fellow, Thrive Paediatrics and Lynne Rustecki, Education Lead, Specialist Clinical Communication and Linguistic Service, Professional Support Unit, NHS England: London and KSS

1.35 pm Engagement in research and academia: Trainee experience

REACH London and Asma Soltani

2.00 pm Accepting feedback and cultural differences

Hana Bashir

2.15 pm Panel Discussion
Tea and coffee break
Panel discussion: Improving educational supervision experience for IMGs

Habab Easa and Nadia Baasher

IMG previous experiences in LMIC and how to transfer these skills to NHS practice

Dr Erva Nur Cinar

Closing remarks
Close of meeting



Registration for this event will close at 1:00am on 10 June 2024. Late registrations will not be accepted.

The agenda is subject to change at any time

If the event is recorded, we are only able to share presentations that we have received permission to share. There is no guarantee that all sessions will be available after the event, this is at the presenter’s and RSM’s discretion.

All views expressed at this event are of the speakers themselves and not of the Royal Society of Medicine, nor the speaker's organisations.

This event will be recorded and stored by the Royal Society of Medicine and may be distributed in future on various internet channels.