Navinder was born in the UK in Crayford where she went to school and college. Her parents had migrated to the UK from the Punjab in India. She always wanted to work with the elderly or within the community and worked as a Healthcare Assistant for a time at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Greenwich. However because of family commitments she eventually became a housekeeper working for Oxleas NHS Trust where she has worked for the past two and a half years. She worked initially within the Disability Unit in Mental Health and has enjoyed her work a great deal. In 2009 she was awarded the runners-up prize in the Oxleas NHS Trust Recognition Awards under the Safety category. This achievement was acknowledged on the Trust’s website and she has felt very much respected since winning her award. She continued to work as a housekeeper while her children are young, but she would now like to do other work within a hospital, perhaps as a Care Assistant.
On being rewarded for a job done well
I used to work on a ward as a Healthcare Assistant. So, I have always wanted to help people. I left that job because of family commitments so I became a housekeeper. When I first started this job, I did feel a bit left out because when I used to go into the office to sign in, I would see the other Oxleas staff and I would think, well I used to do that before. I think the staff understood how I felt and they encouraged me not to think like that, which was really nice of them. I still don’t know why they nominated me. But I was so chuffed when they did. I mean there was me being awarded within the NHS, and I got this award! I might be a cleaner, or whatever you want to call it and I thought no one would have noted a cleaner, instead thinking, 'She’s just a cleaner' but I was quite happy. It encouraged me more to do well.