Clemence Engamba is a Project Manager in NCH&C’s Projects & Investments Team. She believes a sense of belonging is vital to engender a positive working environment.
“It is humbling to see the immense trust the public places in us as NHS workers and I strongly believe that it takes extraordinary people to meet others when they are at their most vulnerable. Yet what has moved me most is to find out how accepting and compassionate colleagues are – not only with patients but with other colleagues as well.”
“When I moved to the UK a few years ago I went through several challenges, from learning English to gaining a clear understanding of the job market. I took every opportunity to learn, gain new skills and develop, both personally and professionally. At times it felt like a lost battle and I often wondered whether I would ever fit in. The sense of belonging can be quite a difficult thing to achieve, especially when we feel different and sometimes are reminded of our status in unfortunate moments. This is not something I have had to worry about since joining NCH&C.”
Clemence is determined that her example should not be the exception and works hard to raise awareness of issues around diversity.
“The topic of diversity in our communities and workplaces must now, more than ever, be highlighted. I am proud of all the good work that NCH&C has already been doing to level the playing field for all staff, regardless of their background, and I look forward to what the future holds in my journey.”