People's History of the NHS


Portrait of Ofrah Muflahi

I qualified as a nurse in the mid 90’s and have worked in the NHS for most of my career.

Whilst growing up my mother spent a lot of time in & out of hospital as she had end stage renal failure and I often watched the doctors and nurses looking after her. There was a particular nurse who looked after mum and she inspired me so much I left my teacher training to commence my nurse training. I did my nurse training at the Sister Dora Hospital in Walsall. I decided to focus on paediatrics (children’s nursing).

I have had many roles in the NHS over the years of which include; staff nurse in acute settings, senior staff nurse in both community and acute settings, a nursing sister in a special school, a specialist practitioner in community children’s nursing, a sickle cell and thalassaemia specialist nurse, a directorate lead nurse, Deputy Head of Quality Governance and more recently working for Macmillan Cancer support. I am also a Care Quality Commission Specialist Advisor & a Trustee for Age UK

I still feel very passionate about the NHS and the work that nurses do to provide quality compassionate care. The NHS has evolved over the years in many different forms however I do believe that these constant changes have had an impact on how the NHS is perceived by the public, the media reporting and the varying cultures across different organisations.

I do still believe that as nurses we join the profession to make a difference to those who need us at their most vulnerable moments in whatever role we do and we strive to achieve this through any challenges that we face.

All photographs copyright of Inès Elsa Dalal © 2019 Commissioned by Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust, 2018. No photographs or text may be referenced or published elsewhere, without prior permission.

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