A nurse from Birmingham Children’s Hospital who has been recognised for her work in the South Asian community was honoured this week by academics.
Raj Jhamat, from Wolverhampton, has dedicated her career to the field of learning disabilities and palliative care.
She currently works as a learning disability liaison nurse at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.
Earlier this week, she was unveiled as one of Birmingham City University’s alumni of the year for community engagement and leadership.
“There is a lack of education and support to South Asian families in the UK”
Ms Jhamat has received national recognition for her work in helping Birmingham’s South Asian communities develop a better understanding of learning disabilities.
This work culminated in Raj producing a DVD in Punjabi, which made use of local patient’s experiences, as well as detailing the causes of each condition, and the needs of children dealing with learning disabilities.
She said: “There is a lack of education and support to South Asian families in the UK, with some families often isolated from their extended families and communities. I believe it’s crucial that more DVD’s in this form are made covering various subjects such as epilepsy.”
Ms Jhamat also works with the university to deliver training on equality and diversity in courses aligned to the field of learning disability.
She said: “The recognition I have received from various people, including past tutors at Birmingham City University, is an acknowledgement that I am doing my job right and reinforced that I’m on the right track and using the right approaches to make a positive difference for patients.”
Ms Jhamat received her award on 27 January as one of the university’s alumni of the year in the Community Engagement and Leadership category.