Founded in 2020, we are a group of NHS Thames Valley doctors, spanning various specialties, working to affect change in differential attainment for our colleagues, and differential outcomes for our patients who are ethnically diverse.We aim to be accessible in providing support and resources, proactive in carrying out research, and effective in implementing policies to reduce disparities in healthcare for our patients, and promoting equity in career progression for our colleagues.

What are our aims?

To create a network of trainees to unite all different cultures, so that we can ensure:

Advocacy and Allyship

  • Have a voice, individually and corporately, to raise concerns

  • Have a safe place to hear concerns

  • Equip all trainees to identify racial discrimination/inequalities and speak up, where required, for BAME colleagues or patients

  • Be an advocate for BAME patients


  • Improve recruitment & access to medical school / speciality programmes

  • Create opportunities for mentorship

  • Improve inclusion of international medical graduates


  • Promote better representation at a management / senior medical leadership level

Education & Clinical Governance

  • • Host cultural/education events

  • • Teach on cultural differences and unconscious bias

  • • Create research/audit opportunities

What is Differential Attainment?

Differential attainment is the unexplained variation in attainment between groups who share a protected characteristic and those who do not share the same characteristic, for example, ethnicity, gender and disability.

Examples of this in the NHS include:

  • ARCP outcomes

  • Recruitment rates

  • Career progression

  • Exam pass rates

  • Training opportunities

We are here to help and support you

Our team is happy to help and support our colleagues who either suffer or witness any such issues faced by ethnically diverse NHS workers in Thames Valley:
- Bullying or discrimination
- Tackling challenging encounters with patients or relatives
- Differential Attainment
- Challenges faced by International Medical Graduates
- Struggles with exam or interview success

Racism, Bullying and Discrimination

We are dedicted to help our colleagues tackle discrimination faced by colleagues, patients, or relatives due to their ethnicity.
Please find below some resources that may be of use.

Please contact us if you are suffering from discrimination or bullying and require support. We are here to help.

Meet The Team

Dr Colleen McGregor is a Specialist Registrar in Gastroenterology & Hepatology and is undertaking her PhD at Oxford University. She is one of the Thames Valley CDIN Co-Founders and previous Chair, currently on a break whilst she completes her DPhil.

Dr Rachel Crane is a Geratology Registrar at the John Radcliffe Hospital, a Leadership Fellow in Geriatric Medicine and the Co-Founder of CDIN. Rachel is passionate about issues relating to cultural diversity and is acting co-chair

Dr Neda Hasan is a Registrar in Respiratory Medicine in the Oxford Deanery. She has been leading a study into investigating the barriers that ethnically diverse NHS workers face when trying to speak up or be heard. She used to be the communications secretary at CDIN and is now acting co-chair

Dr Gbemisola David-West is an Obstetrics and Gynaecology Registrar in the Oxford deanery. She is a Clinical Teaching Fellow in the Nuffield Department of Women’s & Reproductive Health. Gbemisola acts as the differential attainment representative within Obstetrics and Gynaecology in Thames Valley and is the secretary of CDIN.

Mr Adrian Kendal is a Consultant Surgeon in Trauma and Orthopaedics with subspecialty interest in Foot and Ankle reconstructive surgery. He is an Honorary Clinical Research Fellow at NDORMS with an interest in the pathology of chronic tendinopathy. Adrian is also a Lecturer at Trinity College in Pre-Clinical Medicine. Adrian is the Surgical representative at CDIN.

Dr Nahla Eltinay is a General Practice trainee in Thames Valley. She graduated from Ahfad University in Sudan and moved to the U.K. in 2009. She feels strongly about the contribution and experiences of International Medical Graduates (IMG) in the NHS. She is the IMG and GP representative at CDIN.

Dr Farheen Fazal is an Internal medicine trainee at OUH. Being an IMG herself, she is very keen on working towards improving experiences of IMG doctors in the deanery. She is the communications secretary at CDIN

Dr Yani Perera is a registrar in Emergency Medicine. She was born in Sri Lanka, grew up in Singapore & has lived in the UK for over 10 years. She grew up immersed in a myriad of cultures and hopes to use these experiences to make a difference in the Emergency Department

Dr Tom Grant is an Anaesthetic registrar. He brings to CDIN a respect for the lived experience of others, and a belief that allyship and training can better address the impact of racial and cultural bias - both in our NHS and wider society

Dr Tomi Tomi (pronouns she/her/hers) is a UK medical school graduate completing her GP training in the Thames Valley region. She supports the GP representative for the CDIN.

Dr Shah Rahman I'm a Registrar in Pre-Hospital, Emergency & Intensive Care Medicine currently at Wexham Park Hospital. I trained at Imperial College London and completed Academic Foundation Training in East Midlands.

Dr Anny Sykes is a Consultant Respiratory Physician, Director of Medical Workforce and Deputy Chief Medical Officer at Oxford University Hospitals Foundation Trust

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