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BMA employee wins Asian woman of achievement award

A senior BMA staff member who has championed medical diversity has won an Asian woman of achievement award.

Nicky JayesingheBMA head of professional policy Nicky Jayesinghe won the professions category in the Asian Women of Achievement Awards for her work on the under-representation of women in medicine, and a series of initiatives including mentoring and leadership training for doctors.

Commenting on her award, with which she was presented at a ceremony on Tuesday night, Ms Jayesinghe said: ‘It’s wonderful to be valued and recognised. I am humbled and inspired by the whole experience.  

'Winning presents a super opportunity to showcase all the good things the BMA is doing to address under representation.’

In addition to her work on diversity issues, Ms Jayesinghe is also responsible for the BMA board of science whose topics include domestic abuse, child health, tobacco control, minimum alcohol unit pricing and nutrition.

'Fantastic news'

BMA council chair Mark Porter praised Ms Jayesinghe’s achievements, which he said are to the benefit of the medical profession.

'Nicky's a great asset for BMA members through her work on equality and inclusion as well as science policy. It's fantastic news that she's been further recognised in her own right — well done,’ he said.

Burton consultant urological surgeon Jyoti Shah was also awarded the sponsors’ RBS AWA chairman’s award at the ceremony.

The awards, which are now held in association with the Royal Bank of Scotland, were founded in 1999 ‘to celebrate the often unsung Asian heroines of British life’.

Founder of the awards, Pinky Lilani, said: 'The common factor linking the [award-winning] women was their inexhaustible positive energy, whether throwing themselves behind their careers, a passion or a cause, they have all shown themselves to be dedicated and determined.'

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