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Dr Daghni Rajasingham Consultant Obstetrician & Head of Service, London

Dr Daghni Rajasingam trained in medicine at the United Medical and Dental School, St Thomas’s Hospital, University of London and qualified in 1990. Although she has six aunts and uncles, and a brother, who are all doctors, it was her school rather than her family that influenced her decision to become a doctor.

Her best career decision is taking two years out of medicine to work in Peru in a job that involved logistics for a gas exploration site in the Camisea region and working in the world’s highest altitude copper mine in Antamina. After completing her training in London, she became a locum Consultant Obstetrician at Guys and St Thomas’ Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in 2006. She was appointed Consultant Obstetrician with a specialist interest in Maternal Medicine the year after. Daghni is Head of Service for Obstetrics and Deputy Director for Postgraduate Medical Education. She was an elected Member of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) and was involved in developing the RCOG strategic plan and was an RCOG Trustee Board Member. She is also a spokesperson for the RCOG and has done many radio and television interviews to increase the profile of women’s health nationally and to engage the public in women’s healthcare. Having completed a Masters degree in Leadership and Management, Daghni has held many leadership roles, including Council Member of the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management (FMLM). Daghni was NHS London’s Clinical Lead for Leadership Development, Clinical Lead for London’s Clinical Leadership Network and a Member of the National Task Force for senior female medical leadership. She is also a certified and experienced Mediator. From 2007-2009, Daghni was External Obstetric Advisor to the Confidential Enquiries into Maternal and Child Health Obesity Project and on the National Serious Hazards of

Transfusion Committee. In 2011, she became the RCOG representative on the National Diabetes Audit Steering group. Daghni was appointed to the NICE Guideline Development Group for Social Complications in Pregnancy and was awarded a NICE Fellowship from 2010-2013, during which time she instigated a partnership between NICE and RCOG to support the implementation of guidelines around women’s health. Daghni has worked to improve equality in the NHS and helped develop the NHS Clinical Leaders Network Race Equality Action Leadership Initiative (CLN R E A L), promoting BAME leadership within the NHS. She developed the CLN/ National Clinical C o m m i s s i on i n g G r o u p Congress in 2011 and is the National Lead for inclusion for the FMLM. She was Chair of the BAME Task and Finish Group at the FMLM and a Member of the National Task Force for Women in Medicine, in 2012. Most inspired by her father who was a barrister and a social activist in Malaysia and someone who had the courage to do the right thing, Daghni has learnt to follow her moral compass and do the right thing for her patients. Daghni was listed in the 2013 Health Service Journal (HSJ) BME Pioneers list and named one of HSJ’s Top 50 Inspirational Women in 2014, her proudest achievement yet. Daghni is married with two children. * Favourite Film: Breakfast at Tiffany’s * Three objects Daghni cannot live without: Brompton bike, Hairdryer, Notebook & Pen

Daghni’s advice to junior doctors is “Be curious.”

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Medical Woman – Magazine Centenary Issue, April 2017  

The magazine for the Medical Women’s Federation (MWF), the largest and most influential body of women doctors in the UK which aims to promot...