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Sharmila Kar qualified as a doctor in London in the 1990s and is a former NHS GP who joined the Board of Trustees in November 2021. Her eclectic career includes a 16 year stretch as an NHS Clinician where she spent almost half of that time as a GP in a busy suburban practice. Her time as a family doctor was a real privilege; through caring for her patients, it allowed her to experience a great deal of life with the full spectrum of attendant emotions.
Sharmila left the NHS in 2009 to work in the pharmaceutical industry where she has had a successful career supporting the development and commercialisation of specialist new treatments. Much of her work has involved helping to build the clinical and scientific narrative to gain adoption of new medicines by NICE so that they can be made available to patients. She therefore has a great deal of experience in utilising data to develop compelling cost- effectiveness arguments, focusing on potential improvements in patient outcomes while delivering value to the NHS.
Sharmila has recently joined FRG’s Parents’ Panel where she has been able to share her lived experience of navigating health, social care and special education systems for one of her sons who has complex special needs and whose education and mental health suffered as a result.
Through her involvement with FRG, Sharmila is committed to helping support families trying to navigate complex and often confusing health and social care systems and to utilise her lived experience to help improve understanding of SEN and neurodiversity in particular, given its links to poor outcomes for many vulnerable young people.