National Conference 2017 – Professor Maureen Baker



Professor Maureen Baker CBE, immediate past chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners, will be speaking in the Professional Development, Leadership and Advocacy session at the BIMA National Conference 2017.

Professor Maureen Baker CBE DM FRCGP is the Former Chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners (2013-2016) and Strategic Adviser for Patient Safety in HSCIC.

National Conference 2017 – Professor Clare Gerada


BIMA is honoured to welcome Professor Clare Gerada MBE at the BIMA National Conference 2017.

Professor Gerada is a London-based GP and the Former Chair of Council of the Royal College of General Practitioners from 2010-2013; she was the first female Chair for over half a century.

National Conference 2017 – Sheikh Abdul Hakim Murad



Shaykh Abdul Hakim Murad will be giving the closing session on spirituality at the BIMA National Conference 2017.

Shaykh Abdul Hakim, also known as Dr. Timothy Winter, is a leading scholar, researcher, writer and academic. He is currently the Dean of the Cambridge Muslim College,

National Conference 2017 – Sheikh Asim Yusuf



Dr Shaykh Asim Yusuf will be speaking on Mental Health at the BIMA National Conference 2017.

Dr Yusuf is a Consultant Psychiatrist with a special interest in Spirituality and Mental Health. He has received twenty years of rigorous theological training and has been granted an ijaza to instruct students in the art and science of Islamic thought by scholars from four continents.

National Conference 2017 – Professor Aziz Sheikh



Professor Aziz Sheikh OBE will be a keynote speaker at the BIMA National Conference 2017.

Professor Aziz is a Professor of Primary Care Research & Development at The University of Edinburgh, where he is also co-director of its Centre for Population Health Sciences and the head of its Allergy &

General Pharmaceutical Council – Public Consultation

The GPC have launched a consultation on religion, personal values and beliefs in delivering person-centred care in pharmacy.

The consultation concerns wording on personal values and beliefs in the new standards for pharmacy professionals, due to come into effect later this year.

The consultation is open until 7 March 2017. More information here

February News & Views

Firstly this month, a study published in the Journal of Religion and Health investigated the effect of listening to Qur’anic recitation on depressive symptoms in haemodialysis patients in Iran. The authors found that listening to the Qur’an being recited had a soothing effect in Muslim patients similar to the widely used music therapy, which subsequently reduced depressive symptoms calculated using the Beck Depression Inventory-II assessment tool.

January News & Views

Following on from last month’s article about medication regiment adjustment for patients during Ramadan, and the finding that the most frequently discussed disease between patients and their pharmacists is diabetes, a study published this month in the journal Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy looked at pharmacist awareness of diabetic patients in Australia, concluding with the need for more cultural competency and a proactive approach from pharmacists in discussing fasting and medication before Ramadan begins.

January Events Roundup

1. Christmas saw volunteers from BIMA North West helping out at the Unitarian Chapel in Oldham, giving free health advice and working with the UKEFF food bank, a regular food hub operating every Monday at the Unitarian Chapel helping the poor and needy with social and drug/alcohol recovery services. BIMA North West intends to volunteer regularly at this food hub and if anyone would like to give some time volunteering on Mondays please get in touch with us.

BIMA Ramadan Initiative 2017

BIMA Ramadan Initiative 2017 are now recruiting for teachers!

The Ramadan Initiative aims to increase awareness amongst healthcare professionals and advise them on Muslim patients who fast during Ramadan, looking at practical considerations to help optimise their healthcare.

Last year was incredibly successful, with the team delivering 20 teaching sessions across the UK – from hospital grand-rounds to GP practice updates –

BIMA Lifesavers & Trainees 2017 Recruitment

BIMA’s largest national projects are now recruiting!

If you’re a Muslim healthcare professional/student interested in uniting, inspiring and serving the British Muslim community then get involved in the BIMA Lifesavers or BIMA Trainees & Students teams for 2017.

BIMA Lifesavers: help organise and deliver one of the UK’s largest CPR courses,

December News & Views

Firstly this month, a qualitative study published this month by the Violence Prevention Research Unit (of Queen Mary University London) in the British Journal of Psychiatry argues that young British Muslim men with poor mental health may experience protection from depression via their Islamic identity, but that this may determine targets of violence following any radicalisation.

The study investigated the associations between participants’ attitudes to three main variables (cultural identity,

December Events Roundup

1. BIMA Yorkshire & Leeds Muslim Medics hosted Mr. Suhail Anwar (consultant general surgeon) in the well-attended Miracles of the Qur’an event at the end of November.

2. BIMA North West held the second of its health awareness sessions, this time focusing on asthma. As advertised earlier in the newsletter, the next sessions are on eye conditions and paediatric first aid.

BIMA National Conference 2017 Tickets

Mark your calendars for the first ever national conference for Muslim healthcare professionals in the UK. Preparations are in full swing and we are excited to announce the release of our early bird tickets!

Ticket prices go up on 15th January so make sure to buy your tickets as soon as possible!

View the conference programme and buy your tickets here (student discount tickets available)

Date: Sat 18th –

November Events Roundup

1. This month we hosted our second annual SJT Workshop, with nearly 200 final year medical students attending from all over the country. We wish everyone the best with their SJT and foundation applications.

2. The first of our North West health awareness sessions was held in Manchester on the topic of mental illness and how patients and their families can better deal with conditions such as schizophrenia.

November News & Views

Firstly this month, an article by Dr. Goleen Samari (University of Texas) published in the American Journal of Public Health summarises the effects of Islamophobia on the health of the growing population of Muslim Americans. Islamophobia invariably brings about stigma and discrimination of Muslims, with adverse effects on physical and mental health as a result of Islamophobia’s interference with individual,