NIHR CLAHRC NWL Improvement Leader Fellow Sandra Jayacodi recently featured on the ‘Time To Change‘ blog discussing why she believes it is important to discuss mental health in the South Asian community.


Sandra is a qualified solicitor, with a law degree from University of Westminster and a post graduate diploma in law from Bournemouth University. Since 2014 Sandra has been involved in the SHINE project at Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust.


The SHINE projected, funded by The Health Foundation and supported by NIHR CLAHRC Northwest London, aims to improve the physical health for people with severe mental illness admitted to St Charles Mental Health Unit. Sandra has been involved in the co-design of a patient held physical healthcare record, with healthcare professionals, which has been a major output of the project.


She has also contributed to other aspects of the project including developing project aims and deliverables; process mapping and designing health education materials. Throughout the project Sandra has demonstrated a growing confidence as a presenter and speaker, and has presented amongst other at the Trust board, to senior members of the NIHR, visiting students of Masters in Healthcare Administration from George Washington University USA and Health Foundation Shine programme showcase event.


Read more about Sandra’s story and the her thoughts on the importance of discussing mental health in the South Asian community on the Time to Change Blog.