Surviving in Scrubs was started by two doctors on a mission to raise awareness about sexism and sexual assault in healthcare.
Our fantastic volunteers are vital in supporting the work of our campaign. We have a small but mighty team who represent a variety of healthcare professions and healthcare students, helping us with planning events, writing blogs, and social media.
I have worked in the people profession within healthcare since 2016, currently working within the ambulance sector. After experiencing sexual harassment and navigating what was a difficult period, I began to study why these issues happen and soon realised how deep rooted and complex they can be. As part of my master’s degree, I researched in depth, the links between organisational culture and wellbeing. I have spoken in national forums about sexism and sexual harassment, bringing a fresh perspective to a well needed conversation. Speaking up can be extremely difficult and lonely, so I hope to change this by empowering and amplifying voices.
I decided to set up Ambulance Voices to ensure that a safe space is created for experiences to be shared and for more awareness to be raised free of shame or fear. Not everyone wants to formally report, but it’s important they are heard. Collaborating with Surviving in Scrubs brings healthcare voices together and creates the opportunity for shared learning. I’m incredibly proud to be part of the ambulance sector and hope to work with organisations to bring an end to this culture.
Dr Ellen McIver
I am a salaried GP working in the Oxfordshire area. I became aware of the amazing work that Surviving in Scrubs are doing through research I conducted as part of my medical humanities masters degree. Working as a junior doctor in the NHS, I have been exposed to and witnessed widespread sexism, misogyny and instances of sexual harassment through a multitude of platforms. I am hoping to raise awareness of the issues that still remain in the NHS and to give a voice to the victims of discrimination and assault is long overdue, and I am thankful to be a part of the process.
Dr Kavir Matharu
Kavir is a GP Registrar and current National Medical Director’s Clinical Fellow at NHS England. She is passionate about eradicating sexism and sexual misconduct in healthcare, having been a victim of and witness to multiple incidences of sexism and misogyny throughout her undergraduate and postgraduate training. She advocates for colleague wellbeing by increasing awareness of safe and supportive channels to raise concerns and hopes that by sharing her own experiences, she can empower others to speak up too.
Dr Kate Gibbons
Kate is a foundation doctor working in Manchester. Her first-hand experiences with gender biases, sexism, and harassment during medical school and at work prompted her to work towards tackling sexism and mysogyny in the medical profession.
She has been working in collaboration with Manchester medical school to produce bystander training and to raise awareness among students and help them develop tools to combat sexism when they experience it personally or witness others experiencing it.