RPS Pharma Scene #13 - 'Say My Name'
With Gautam Paul and Helen Chang
This episode, RPS Head of Professional Belonging Aman Doll is joined by two guests to speak about the origins of their names, and what they mean to them. Helen Chang, RPS Head of Professional Development, speaks about having to change her name after arriving in the UK at a young age, and Gautam Paul, a pharmacist at Nottingham School of Pharmacy and Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, tells us about his experiences in the workplace and his social life.
'Say My Name' is named after the Destiny's Child song, which Aman and Gautam would write mock verses for when they experienced wrong pronunciations of their names in the workplace as pharmacists.
All three speakers on the episode talk about meanings behind their names, their cultural heritage, having to change them in the UK, and give us personal anecdotes and experiences along the way.
Gautam is a pharmacist with a background in hospital and academia, and currently works for the University of Nottingham School of Pharmacy and Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust.
Gautam (pronounced Go-Tum) means “bringer of light, remover of darkness”. Paul derives from Pal and means “protector”.
Helen is the Head of Professional Development at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society. Her role involves managing and developing products, guidance and support for pharmacy students, foundation trainees and newly qualified pharmacists to support their education, and professional and career development. She is also currently undertaking a PhD in pharmacy education and is a community pharmacist by background.
Hear about why Helen Chang is not her true name and why she had to change her name to become registered as a pharmacist. Helen also explains why her name is important to her and shares the meaning of her name.