Suresh started his State Enrolled (SEN) nurse training in the UK at Birch Hill Hospital, Rochdale, Lancashire in 1972 where he worked until 1977. His real passion however, was to specialise in oncology (cancer) nursing care and he moved to London to work at The Royal Marsden Hospital in Surrey and London branches of the hospital where he undertook his Registered General Nurse qualification, the Oncology Nursing Course and also obtained certificates in stoma care, caesium implant removal and chemotherapy administration. During his time there he worked in several different clinical units to broaden his knowledge and experience.
Suresh changed jobs for career progression and moved into cancer information provision in 1992 and worked for Cancerbackup as a Cancer Information Specialist for over two years. Suresh was the UK’s first’s BME nurse to be appointed into such a post.
Following this he went to work part time for a new BME specific charity called Cancer Black Care as a Cancer Information Officer providing information, support, and raising community awareness and advocacy for black & minority ethnic people affected by cancer
The other part of his time was spent working freelance as a Specialist Information Nurse for Breast Cancer Care and Cancerlink and in a clinical setting as a ‘bank nurse’ at The Royal Mardsen Hospital in London. This enabled Suresh to increase his cancer knowledge and maintained his clinical practice.
As part of his professional development in 2004 Suresh decided to move into the specialist area of prostate cancer and he joined the staff at The Prostate Cancer Charity as a Specialist Nurse. His role includes working on their Support & Information Helpline - answering calls from a variety of people who are diagnosed, concerned or affected by prostate cancer or prostate problems.
Outside of his present fulltime employment Suresh is a founding member, trustee and treasurer for the charity Cancer Equality: an organisation set up to address the cultural needs and provision of services to meet the needs of these hard to reach patients. Since it was set up in the late 1990’s this has become one of the leading BME cancer charities who are working with various partners such as Breast Cancer Care, Macmillan, National Cancer Action Team to improve care and make it more culturally appropriate for BME patients. They carry out targeted awareness for hard to reach communities and have started an annual Ethnic Minority Cancer Awareness Week which takes place early in July.