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, support for/opposition to the war in Afghanistan, and fighting for/against the British Army) and participants’ demography, ethnicity, religion, psychiatric morbidity, and violent/criminal behaviour.

While the study found that ‘anti-British extremism’ (opposition to war, not identifying as British, belief in fighting against the British Army) was positively associated with poor socioeconomic status and Black and Minority Ethnic men, and that depression was more prevalent among Pakistani and Black men than UK-born White men, it also found that holding these anti-British extremist views allowed for protection against depression.

Read “Extremism, religion and psychiatric morbidity in a population-based sample of young menhere
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While Ramadan may be months away, a study examining initiation and communication of medication regiment adjustment (MRA) to patients by pharmacists in Egypt found that communication gaps exist between pharmacists and their Muslim patients.

The study, published this month in the International Journal of Pharmacy Practice, found that while ‘more than three quarters of pharmacists reported 60% or more of their patients with chronic conditions decided to fast in Ramadan’, only 16% of pharmacists surveyed initiated communication of MRA, and only 3% initiated this conversation 8 days or more before the start of Ramadan.

While this study was conducted in a Muslim-majority country (with surprising results), certain lessons can be learnt and applied here in Britain. For example, endocrine diseases like diabetes were the most frequently discussed between patients and pharmacists in the study, and with a notable incidence of these diseases in the British Muslim population, British pharmacists, both Muslim and non-Muslim, would do well to initiate conversations on MRA early enough to help their patients get through Ramadan safely, which would include pharmacists learning more about Islamic teachings with regards to illness and medication while fasting.

Read “Pharmacist–patient communication about medication regimen adjustment during Ramadanhere
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And finally this month, an article recently published online in the journal Human Fertility studied the extent of support and guidance received by Muslim (and Christian) patients with reproductive health issues.

Some of the patients studied felt they did not have an opportunity to raise questions about conditions like infertility because they felt that religion did not belong in the clinic. The authors argue that healthcare professionals working in reproductive health are encouraged to actively explore their patients’ faith issues, particularly in light of recent advances in reproductive technologies.

Read “Experiences of faith group members using new reproductive and genetic technologieshere
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We are always looking for relevant articles and news to include in our monthly newsletter. Please send any items to [email protected]

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.

3. Leading Muslim healthcare professionals in the West Midlands were invited to speak at BIMA West Midlands’ Best of Both Worlds event, which also saw the launch of its mentoring scheme, which we hope will foster greater ties within the Muslim health professional community. BIMA West Midlands also collaborated with Human Appeal International and Primary Trauma Care Foundation to host a fundraiser for training doctors working inside Syria.

4. Over 150 attendees went online for our Motherhood & Medicine webinar. Keep an eye out for future webinars coming soon – ideas and speakers for future webinars also welcome!

Dr. Hussein Nagi, consultant anaesthetist, speaking at Best of Both Worlds: Being a Muslim Healthcare Professional
Health awareness session on asthma by Dianne Cook, Director of Nursing at SicKids

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 – Sun 19th March 2017
Venue: King’s College London, Strand Campus
With the BIMA Awards Ceremony and dinner on Saturday the 18th.

Featuring poster presentations, awards and exhibitions. Follow us on Facebook for further updates on this unmissable event! Look out for us on Twitter and Snapchat (@BritishIMA).

In conjunction with KCL ISoc and Islamic Relief

#WhatsYourLegacy #BIMA2017

 

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.

Our recent SJT workshop, with nearly 200 attendees

Talk on schizophrenia and other psychoses by psychiatrist Dr. Ahmed Sewehli

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, interpersonal and structural systems of Muslims and the Muslim community.

As in the United States, the racial makeup of Muslims in the UK is largely South Asian and Middle Eastern, but Dr. Samari argues that “pathogenic conditions of Islamophobia have to be understood across racial groups”. Dr. Samari concludes by calling for more qualitative research into the impact of Islamophobia on Muslims, more importantly at the structural system level.

Read the article “Islamophobia and Public Health in the United Stateshere

 

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The Open Society Justice Initiative has issued a report titled Eroding Trust: the UK’s Prevent Counter-Extremism Strategy in Health and Education, which criticises the Government’s Prevent strategy that is now applied in healthcare settings. The report also analyses the disruptions to provider-patient relationships using two health-related case studies: one involving a patient quizzed about his political views and affiliations by his GP, and the second involving a nurse called in for a ‘Human Resources’ meeting after regularly wearing a hijab at work.

Read the report and executive summary here

 

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And finally this month, a touching narrative by Dr. Raya Kheirbek published in the journal Academic Medicine reminding us of the importance of understanding our patients’ different belief systems.

Read “Behind the Veilhere

 

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We are always looking for relevant articles and news to include in our monthly newsletter. Please send any items to [email protected]

Action Centred Leadership Report

Our East Midlands region hosted a very well received course on 8th October. Participants received 5 CPD points, accredited by the RCP. It was conducted by Dr Hussain Nagi, a consultant anaesthetist and Adair International trainer.

Testimonial from attendee:

‘I thoroughly enjoyed this highly interactive course, full of insightful leadership tips. I particularly lived how the speaker brought in examples from the leadership of the Prophet Muhammad (saw). This course was relevant to both clinical leadership and leadership in the voluntary sector. I highly recommend the course to every Muslim healthcare professional as we all have leadership roles at some point. The course fee was a bargain too!’

BIMA National Conference 2017 Announcement

BIMA is excited to announce its 2-day national conference for all Muslim healthcare professionals in the UK, the first of its kind in the UK, due to be held from 18-19 March 2017 at the prestigious Kings College London.

The conference aims to:

  • Celebrate the achievements of the Muslim healthcare professions in the UK
  • Explore challenging issues relating to medical ethics and professional development
  • Inspire delegates to aspire for excellence in their careers
  • Reflect on the rich heritage of Islamic medical history, while maintaining an underlying ethos of Islamic learning and academic discovery
  • Provide ample opportunity for professional networking amongst delegates

LifeSavers 2016 Report

By the grace of Allah, the united effort of 500+ healthcare professionals and with the support of mosques across the country, BIMA LifeSavers 2016 was a monumental success.

This month we saw 35 mosques open their doors to more than 1000 members of the British public who simultaneously received training in basic life support. Supported by the British Heart Foundation and the Muslim Council of Britain, the sessions were very well received by the locals and mosque committees alike, with many centres offering the course in multiple languages.

We had a press release and substantial coverage in the community thanks to the MCB. Read the press release here: www.mcb.org.uk/mosques-across-the-country-open-doors-for-life-saving-training

BIMA at Living Islam 2016

A team of nearly 30 volunteer healthcare professionals and students were at the Living Islam Festival in Lincolnshire, attended by thousands of Muslims from across the country. BIMA volunteers performed hundreds of free health checks for festival attendees. Our thanks to the Islamic Society of Britain for hosting the biennial festival. See you in 2018!

Check out the video we made of the work we did at the festival:

 

Ramadan Reflections Podcasts

We would like to take this opportunity to offer our prayers for your and family to have a blessed Ramadan. Our days will be long and challenging, especially to those who are busy working this summer.

We have put together a series of reflections on Ramadan as working healthcare professionals. These audio clips are short and a great way to use your “lunch” breaks this month, and we pray you find them beneficial.

 

BIMA LifeSavers 2016

What do people do when they witness a cardiac arrest?

Nothing. At least that’s the case in 7 out of 10 cases.

Because half of cardiac arrests, where the heart stops beating, that are outside a hospital are witnessed by a member of the public. Every minute following a cardiac arrest without CPR, the chances of survival drop by 10%.

And with effective CPR? Your chances of survival can be quadrupled. Wouldn’t you want your community, your friends, and your families, to know these vital skills for when the need arises?

Interested? Then sign up to BIMA LifeSavers today: a one day annual event where volunteers deliver life-saving training to the British public in over 20 mosques across the UK.

Email [email protected] to be part of a project that will help save lives.

BIMA Innovations Group

The BIMA Innovations Group (BIG) is looking for enthusiastic individuals who want to get involved in a startup enterprise with like-minded healthcare professionals. BIG is a platform linking entrepreneurial and creative people, centred on hands-on implementation.

We are calling for submissions for ideas in the following domains:
– Technology based solutions to assist education and training in healthcare
– Service based solutions to provide access to healthcare in the community
– Developing adaptations to the workplace environment to assist Muslim healthcare staff in practice of their faith

Experience is not a prerequisite, and we aim to provide access to support, resources and contacts to help you. So if you have an idea you want to take further, or want experience working in a startup environment, visit our website: www.bimainnovationsgroup.co.uk

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Event: Lesvos Relief – East Midlands

Join us on Thursday 31st March for a dinner in Lincoln to hear Dr. Awad, a Consultant Anaesthetist, who will be speaking about her 2 weeks in Lesvos doing medical relief with Syrian refugees. Good opportunity to network with other BIMA members in the area.

Venue: Taste of Marrakech, Newland, LN1 1YA
Time: 6:45pm
Cost: £9.95 incl. dinner

Email [email protected] for more information

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Statement on Dr Rogozov and blog post comments

Whilst all details on the incident, which occurred in 2013 and investigations are still ongoing, are unclear, the British Islamic Medical Association (BIMA) is deeply concerned about some of the comments made in the blog, and the subsequent reporting on the place of Muslim attire in theatres.

Patient safety is at the heart of NHS care provision. Muslim healthcare professionals who wear the headscarf or ‘hijab’, like all others in healthcare, are adherent to infection control policies. Non-compliance with these policies is unsafe and harms patients. Many NHS trusts have championed workforce equality and inclusiveness by offering sterile theatre headgear for Muslim staff members to practise safely.

Discrimination on the basis of religious or cultural beliefs violates basic tenets of NHS care and good medical practice. There is no excuse for Islamophobic behaviour and comments by patients or colleagues, and we expect the regulatory bodies to take appropriate action should any issues come to light.

Furthermore, the statement from Sheffield Teaching Hospitals states headscarves may not be worn in operating theatres due to the possible risk of infection. On the contrary, NHS Trusts are obliged to meet the reasonable needs of employees. We urge Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to reconsider their position and make their workplace more accessible for their Muslim staff.

Event: Muslim Women Excelling in Islam and Medicine 2016

We’ve got 20 high performing senior Muslim women in academia, education, management, policy and many other fields attending this event.

Don’t miss out on a fantastic opportunity to reshape your career and be the next generation of Muslim Women Excelling In Islam and Medicine.

Buy your tickets here: bit.ly/mweim2016