Sarine Baz has been appointed as the first chair of the CSP’s equity, diversity and belonging committee, and says she hopes her new role will help her support ‘meaningful change’ within the physiotherapy profession.
Speaking to Frontline about why she put herself forward as the new chair of the committee, Ms Baz said: ‘As an outgoing individual, who always strives to achieve both my personal and professional potential, I feel the role of chair will allow me to provide leadership and expertise in matters relating to equity, diversity and belonging within the physiotherapy profession.
'This role will give me the opportunity to work alongside my fellow diverse committee members to positively influence and support meaningful change within the physiotherapy profession.'
She added that one of her main aims as the new chair would be to support the CSPs development to become an organisation that can successfully challenge systemic processes and systems, and to create an environment that not only encourages and welcomes everyone, but also allows them to thrive and feel supported.
I have first-hand, lived experience of being a student, working as a qualified physiotherapist and progressing into a team lead position as a Muslim female with dyslexia
‘As a minority, I want to be a role model and inspire others, demonstrating that you can be successful and that the systemic structures in place do not define you and your ability.’
Reducing health inequalities
Ms Baz, who is currently working as a locum physiotherapist, is due to start a new role shortly as an operations manager at University Hospital Birmingham Trust.
She has previously held the role of a local workplace CSP steward and regional steward for the West Midlands, which she said had helped to provide her with an excellent awareness of both the physiotherapy profession and the trade union aspects that will be key to her new role as chair of the equity, diversity and belonging committee.
‘Working within the NHS during Covid-19 pandemic has been an experience like no other, following three redeployments - including ITU and a step-down rehab unit, the pandemic has left a long-lasting impact not only on the health care system but me personally,’ she explained.
‘The disproportionate amount of the population affected has been devastating. I therefore have made a lifelong commitment to strive to reduce the gap in health care for ethnic minorities.'
A focus on inclusivity
Ms Baz added that she had recently gained experience of working as a physiotherapist in New Zealand, because she had been keen to gain an understanding of the structures, policies and procedures of a different healthcare system.
‘With a strong focus on inclusivity and equitability, the New Zealand healthcare system focuses on working in partnership with the community it serves and engaging patients and staff in the planning, development and delivery of health services.
These principles align with my moral compass and very much encompass what we aim to deliver in the UK and I hope to utilise these skills developed as a member of this committee
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