Making a difference – Dr Narula is our NHS Hero

From the early age of 11 years old he wanted to become a doctor and help make a difference to many people’s lives and so Dr Narula, now aged 43, did just that.

Now in his 20th year as a consultant psychiatrist, Dr Narula has spent his entire career not only within the NHS, but specifically with Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (DWMH).

Dr Narula told us why: “My mom has worked as a mental health practitioner for 38 years and knowing the difference she made to others whilst I was growing up really made me want to do the same for DWMH patients.”

Whilst studying at medical school, Dr Narula enjoyed many of his placements across the NHS but the placement he enjoyed most was psychiatry.

“Working within psychiatry really stood out for me as every day was different and it was so clear to see that setting realistic goals for patients can make such a difference to their mental health.”

As a consultant psychiatrist, Dr Narula works as part of a multi-disciplinary team (MDT) and has face-to-face contact with inpatients on a daily basis at Bushey Fields Hospital in Dudley and also holds regular outpatient clinics.

Dr Narula said: “I think it’s so great to work within an MDT as we all fulfil a different role and have such good communication with each other which ensures patient safety and the best evidence-based care for patients.

“Working within the MDT and the wider team at Bushey Fields Hospital is so enjoyable because we have such a family ethos which is very important.”

Dr Narula has had many highlights throughout his career but one of his main highlights is the journey he has been on from a junior doctor within the Dudley South Community Recovery Service (CRS) to becoming a fully qualified member of staff working within the same team.

“It was an honour to undertake a placement with CRS as I was able to support them and watch them grow and even win awards!”

Alongside the day job, Dr Narula acts as a mentor for junior doctors on placement at DWMH who are wishing to fulfil a career in psychiatry.

“It’s amazing to be able to witness junior doctors move up the ladder and achieve goals but I also love the fact I’m able to promote the Trust and the Black Country as a place to work.”

What’s Dr Narula’s next big challenge?

“I think my next big challenge is to contribute towards coordinating the merger (between DWMH and Black Country Partnership Foundation NHS Trust) from a clinical perspective, so that it’s a positive experience for trainee doctors as we have an excellent reputation here in the Black Country and we want to build on our successes even further.”

Outside of work he enjoys travelling, reading and going to the gym.

Dr Narula’s mental health message: “Take time and breathe.”