Gurdev Baryah on her first 30 days at Attain

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Tell us a little bit about yourself

I am a clinical pharmacist with healthcare experience both in the public and private sectors. My most recent role before joining Attain was leading the first ever opioid detoxification project in the South East of England. Prior to this, I worked within a clinical capacity at Spire Healthcare, and completed my independent prescribing qualification with a specialty in neuropathic & acute pain. As a junior pharmacist, I joined the front line at Barts Health NHS Trust with its residency programme focussed on clinical effectiveness, education & training, and achieved a postgraduate certificate in pharmacy practice.

In 2019, I decided to further challenge myself and began my Executive MBA journey at Warwick Business School. The stimulating environment and interactions with students alike have been most rewarding, and I aim to complete my dissertation on clinician engagement with a continuous improvement culture by early 2022.

I am definitely a dog person, a big fan of strawberry trifle, and enjoy making a wild curry.

How have your first 30 days been at Attain?

I have been warmly welcomed by everyone I have had the pleasure of speaking to at Attain. I am enamoured by the culture, the transparency with which everyone works – including the leadership team and the autonomy that is given to employees to complete their tasks. The quirky coffee bingo sessions have allowed me to meet Attain staff from all over the country whilst being sat at my desk,  and learn that in fact a number of individuals live close by to where I am – leading on to us meeting for outdoor coffee and catch ups in person. Although a strange transition into my new role with COVID dictating our movements and working entirely remotely, I can honestly say the Attain team have made me feel truly welcome.

What attracted you to Attain?

The values and ethos at Attain align closely to my own, and this combination formed the basis of my decision to apply to work at this organisation. Attain’s position as the biggest advisory to the NHS meant that I could continue to contribute to a wider health effort.

What’s the best thing about being employed with Attain?

One aspect of Attain that sets them apart is the support network across the organisation. The ease of communication and no judgement on any question as well as the priority to get me up to speed with project work has stood out for me. The regular feedback from my line manager & delivery manager have really strengthened my purpose and determination to execute successful projects. I have learnt early on that wellbeing and self-care is at the heart of Attain, and flexible working arrangements allow me to produce my best work.

What do you hope the future brings for you with Attain?

I am excited about my future with Attain, especially as the range of projects available encompass everything from digital healthcare advances to operational site support to innovations helping increase confidence in the COVID vaccine to name a few. I am eager to build on my skillset where I have limited experience, to challenge and better myself, all whilst staying true to my personal core values that centre around supporting the NHS and ultimately improving patient outcomes.