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Introducing a new blog series by ELFT CEO, Dr Navina Evans. 

Dr Navina Evans is one of the first female, ethnic minority chief executives in the NHS. She led East London NHS Foundation Trust (ELFT) to become ‘Trust of the Year’ in 2016/17 and to be rated ‘Outstanding’ by the CQC. Navina’s interests include inclusive leadership, improving the way healthcare is delivered and learning from sources beyond healthcare.

When we hold women back, we hold families and communities back

'I was recently listening to the radio while driving on the motorway in the rain. I find these are the conditions when something I hear can be really touching and painful. There was a report about Epilim (Sodium Valproate)a drug which saves lives but also can have a devastating impact...these facts were hidden from women for a long time...It was very uncomfortable for me to know that I to belong to a paternalistic system where caring and lack of care can be so closely linked'
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The impact of legacy 

'In my second year as CEO, I have been able to exercise curiosity about how things work in our Trust. Why are we the way we are? Why do we do things this or that way? Whilst pondering, I have begun to understand the powerful impact of legacy' 
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People Participation

'As a patient and carer, I value small acts of kindness not specified in job descriptions. As a doctor I’m curious about the appetite for positive risk taking among fellow clinicians. I also feel the frustration of clunky systems and processes which get in the way. As a CEO, I want small acts of kindness to take centre stage and frustrations to be minimised. I therefore promise to be a very active, involved and engaged patient!'
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An Immigrant in the NHS

'I grew up among anglophiles in a Commonwealth country. During my formative years I was taught about altruism. I learnt that those of us who were fortunate enough, by accident of birth, to have opportunities to gain status, power and wealth must support those who did not share in such good fortune. It was in my early adult life that I was introduced to the concept of the National Health Service.  I was drawn to the idea that good health is a basic right which should be available to everyone.'
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