Tell us about yourself and your background? My name is Edward Oforka and I was born in Nigeria. When it comes to identity, Nigerian, Black and Christian are how I strongly identify. I am one of six children born to working class parents and was one of the first in my family to go to […]
Developing an LGBTQ+ network at St Georges Emergency Department
June 2021 – It all started about 5 years ago when I decided to send an email to the department just before Pride about LGBTQ+ awareness. I remember feeling apprehensive about sending the email. Even though I was openly out to colleagues at work, this was the first time that I put myself out there as someone trying to improve awareness of LGBTQ+ issues at work.
Health inequalities: what can we do in Emergency Medicine?
May 2021 – Many of you will have heard me say we are the safety net of the patient but cannot be the safety net of the system. There has been general agreement with this sentiment but what does it mean in the current environment peri-pandemic? How much of a safety net are we and where and how was the system failing such that we do clinical (and non-clinical) care that should be managed elsewhere?
Why I am proud to lead the fight for gender equity in Emergency Medicine
March 2021 – Nine years ago, I was told by a senior male consultant colleague that I could not be a good clinician, an academic and a mum. At the time, I was halfway through a PhD and I was a parent to three girls. I wondered if the same comment would ever have been made to a friend of mine, who was similarly training, researching, and having children at the hospital down the road.