October is Black History Month, and we’re asking some of our staff members to give their thoughts on the importance of the month.

Biomedical Engineer Khalid Khan tells us what Black History Month means to him.

Khalid Khan

I’m a Biomedical Engineer at Queen Mary’s Hospital. I started working at the old Queen Mary’s site in 2002 after graduating with a BSc (Hons) in Design Technology.

While working in the field of rehabilitation, I completed a part time degree course in Clinical Technology funded by the industry.

I’m the only member of Trust staff to have worked in nearly all of the engineering services we provide: specialist seating; orthotics; prosthetics; and wheelchair services. This makes me proud, a proud man of my generation, a proud Asian man.

What Black History Month means to me:

Black History Month has always been a month of celebration as my birthday also falls in October (on the 18th if anyone wants to send a gift!) aided by the music, food and other festivities from different cultures.

As I grow and develop, Black History Month helps me learn more about the positive impact Black people have had on our nation. When we are responsible for the topics we want to learn more about, it’s a great tool for development.

I was born in St George’s Hospital, I’m a south Londoner who lives in Tooting, and I’m proud to be a St George’s employee from the BAME community.