I joined the NHS as a senior health promotion specialist in 2009 from a slightly unusual background, most recently having worked at the BBC as a producer on Radio 4.
I have always been passionate about healthcare and, when I began to contemplate the sustainability of a career in journalism, I knew almost instinctively where my future lay - in the field of healthcare and health promotion, which is where my career began.
Rather than pursuing this through the media or through the third sector, I was attracted to the NHS because its values, ethos and entire raison d'etre matched my own values and beliefs about work, careers and job satisfaction. It was whilst working on a BBC documentary to mark the 60th anniversary of the NHS that I thought: "I want to work there too".
Working to improve the sexual health of people in South London is no easy task - the area has the highest prevalence of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections. But it's not all about treatment and care. As the old adage goes, prevention is better than cure and I'm at the forefront of promoting the positive sexual health of our local populations every day.
I know that my background and experience prove that there's space for all types of people and experience in the NHS.