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New group director of inclusion and equity

Mr Ajit Abraham has joined the Barts Health Group Executive Board as our new group director for inclusion and equity.  

In this role, Ajit will lead on the Trust's ambition as set out in our WeBelong strategy: to make Barts Health a genuinely inclusive place to work for all our staff and promote equity for our patients and population. 

Ajit is currently the undergraduate dean for Barts Health  and has been the co-chair for the Trust's Inclusion Board since November 2020.  

He joined Barts Health in 2005 as consultant general, trauma and hepato-pancreato-biliary (HPB) surgeon at The Royal London. He has previously held various leadership roles, including chair of the Barts Health Surgery Board and deputy chief medical officer. He was a Health Foundation QI (quality improvement) fellow at the Insitute for Healthcare Improvement and the Harvard School of Public Health 2011-12 and is the principal of staff for the College for Leadership in Healthcare.  

In addition to being an active surgeon and champion for inclusion and equity, he has made substantive contributions to shaping and implementing the Barts Health strategies for patient safety, quality improvement, surgery, leadership development and inclusion. Ajit has a longstanding 'Hatha Vinyasa' Yoga and 'Vipassana' meditation practice and sees the connection between wellbeing and inclusion as self-evident. 

Commenting on his new role, Ajit said: 

"I am delighted and privileged to be taking on this role. Fairness matters to us all. As a frontline surgeon and senior clinical leader, I recognise that inclusion and equity are prerequisites for delivering excellent healthcare. I will strive to help create a fair and just culture at Barts Health where all staff are valued and can bring their best selves to work to help deliver high quality, safe and compassionate care and health for the patients and diverse communities we serve." 

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  1. Razvin Irani-Deol Wednesday, 4 May 2022 at 09:49 AM

    Hello and welcome Mr. Ajit Abraham, delighted to hear you also practice Vipassana :)

  2. Razvin Irani-Deol Wednesday, 4 May 2022 at 09:51 AM

    Hello and welcome Mr. Ajit Abraham, delighted to hear you practice Vipassana :)

  3. Jane Stephenson Wednesday, 4 May 2022 at 11:20 AM

    Well deserved and great news for Barts. Well done Ajit :-)

  4. Lois Whittaker Wednesday, 4 May 2022 at 12:30 PM

    Great appointment and really looking forward to working with you on this key agenda
    Lois

  5. Ruchia Mohamed Auale Wednesday, 4 May 2022 at 08:43 PM

    Mr Abraham Congratulations on your new role at Barts Health NHS Trust. this is your year of the supernatural believe it and leave in it.
    I am happy to see you on board may God continue to protect you and guide you Amen

  6. Amelia Allao Thursday, 5 May 2022 at 09:58 AM

    Well done Dr.A Abraham for taking this role for all the patients and for all the staffs. I personally congratulate you for giving your heart to these matters being a front liner, you can relate well to the needs of all under rated and abused staffs taking roles and not paid accordingly.
    I work at the Phlebotomy Department and since the pandemic, we are inundated with the amount of patients needing blood test.

  7. Tereseeta Naraine Friday, 6 May 2022 at 05:33 AM

    Congratulations Mr Abraham, Thank you for your continued and valued contribution to our Trust Barts Health.

  8. Stephen Vaughan Tuesday, 10 May 2022 at 02:14 PM

    This is excellent news, congratulations Ajit.