BIMA Virtual Lifesavers 2020

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Introduction

The British Islamic Medical Association runs Lifesavers in order to educate and facilitate local communities and individuals with the skills they need to perform CPR.

In the past, this has meant working with teams of volunteers and mosques to directly deliver CPR training in-person. Alhamdulillah, 2019 marked an exponential expansion of our scheme, as we reached out to a total of 114 mosques and trained over 4,000 members of the public in essential life saving skills.

Key to the success of the program is our network of volunteers of whom collaborate to co-ordinate and train teams of mosque leads and volunteers to deliver the training on the event day.

Despite the recent pandemic, we’ve opted to continue with the program, re-configuring our delivery to overcome COVID restrictions. Our volunteers have been working hard to formulate the best possible learning strategies to continue to unite and inspire our community.

By employing a virtual platform, we insha’Allah aim to continue to provide the same invaluable training in a slightly different way.

 

The Virtual Context

Relaying our CPR training online means that no matter where you are in the country, you can access life-saving training from the comfort of your own home.

In doing this, we hope to not only overcome COVID practical constraints, but ensure that regardless of personal situation or location anyone and everyone can benefit from learning life-saving skills.

In challenging ourselves to devise a practical and effective way to remotely teach CPR skills, we hope to lay the foundations for future online courses and continue to unite, inspire and serve the community in this turbulent time.                                

How it’ll Happen

The training will be delivered via Zoom, on the 26th of September after Dhuhr prayer.

By utilising Zoom’s Breakout room feature, we’ll create small groups to ensure that we successfully teach and deliver the training to all participants.

The training will focus on three areas:

  • CPR
  • Recovery Position
  • Management of choking

The session itself will take an estimated 90 minutes to deliver and will provide a comprehensive overview in line with the British Heart Foundation Heartstart programme.

Conclusion

In bringing our training online and continuing to teach in smaller groups, we insha’Allah hope to provide an opportunity to bring our community together and benefit from life-saving training.

Hijab Bare Elbow Infographic

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The BIMA Hijabs & Bare Below the Elbows team has been working hard to raise awareness of faith sensitive dress code at work. Working in collaboration with the BMA and NHS Employers we are pleased to announce the publication of the new NHS National Uniforms and Workwear guidelines by NHS England & NHS Improvement.

Particularly relevant additions include:

– NHS staff may wear their full cloth headcoverings in surgical theatres – including hijabs, turbans and kippah*

– There is no need to wear an overlying surgical cap

– Alternatively a single use disposable head garments may be worn


The guidelines reinforce guidance

– Alternatives to bare below the elbows are 3/4 length sleeves or disposable oversleeves

– Full-length sleeves are permissible if not involved in direct patient care

(N.B Direct patient care has been redefined to the patient bedspace or any activity that involves patient contact)


The BIMA peer-reviewed research published in the BMJ Open is referenced in the guidelines.


Now we need you to get involved and do your part!

Hospitals retain the responsibility to implement the dress code policy. We need you to call upon your hospitals to implement the new guidance. In three easy steps

1. Find your trust policy.

Search your hospital intranet for the dress code/uniform policy

2. Email the policyholder/author (declared at the top of the policy)
Include a link to the new guidelines

Copy in the trust equality and diversity lead/chaplain/faith forum

3. Request that they undertake an equality impact assessment & implement the changes recommended in the new guidance

Highlight the section on bare below the elbows and faith headcoverings in surgical theatres

*please refer to the guidance for more details on infection control

 

 

 

International CRG Activities

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These are the list BIMA has played an active role in the International Community Response Group (CRG),  please note that this is a summary of the work involving many organisations and individuals. Given how many activities were undertaken during the pandemic it is possible that many things have been missed out from this list.

  1. Helping set up and organise the Indian Covid Action Team.
  2. Helping set up and organise the Pakistan Covid Action Group.
  3. Setting up the International COVID Task force along with IMANA (Islamic Medical Association of North America) and MMAC (Muslim Medical Association of Canada) and holding weekly/ fortnightly meetings. We are now joined by South Africa and Australian Islamic Medical Associations.
  4. Advising the Imams taskforce set up by Imam Yahya Ibrahim of Australia.
  5. Attending weekly FIMA Executive Council meetings to share notes on COVID response around the world.
  6. Drafting letter to Sri Lankan government on behalf of Sri Lankan Muslim community against enforced cremations.
  7. Creating poster summarising scientific argument enforced cremation for COVID.
  8. Discussing with Sir Iqbal Sacranie on how we can help the Sri Lankan Muslims.
  9. Sharing RamadanAtHome message with FIMA for their social media.
  10. Sharing Eid under lockdown message with FIMA members.
  11. Sharing Palliative care 6 audio series with FIMA members.
  12. Poster on safe janazah during COVID-19 for Indian CAT.
  13. Updating our individual, community, mosque COVID guidance for Kenya.
  14. Updating our individual, community, mosque COVID guidance for Malaysia.
  15. Updating our individual, community, mosque COVID guidance for South Africa.
  16. Presenting at Indian CAT medical and charities conferences.

Economic CRG Activities

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These are the list BIMA has played an active role in the Economic Community Response Group (CRG),  please note that this is a summary of the work involving many organisations and individuals. Given how many activities were undertaken during the pandemic it is possible that many things have been missed out from this list.

  1. Gathering a range of experts on Economic impact on Muslim community and working out what can be done to mitigate this.
  2. Providing assistance to mosques to help them connect to available grants for support.
  3. Collating information on available support to those who are self-employed and sharing in a poster format.
  4. Collating information on what economic support is available during the pandemic and how to access it + sharing it via poster.
  5. Get financial support during COVID-19 infographic created that gives different advice for employers, self-employed, employees and mosques/ charities.

Mental Health CRG Activities

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These are the list BIMA has played an active role in the Mental Health Community Response Group (CRG),  please note that this is a summary of the work involving many organisations and individuals. Given how many activities were undertaken during the pandemic it is possible that many things have been missed out from this list.

  1. Bringing together majority of Muslim mental health charities into one group to discuss, share resources and ideas.
  2. Monthly webinar being organised on important topics with panellists .
  3. Webinar/ posters created with brief details and contact numbers of all the Mental health organisations participating.
  4. Series of videos on Domestic Violence during lockdown translated into different languages by Muslim Womens Network.
  5. Regular Radio Ramadan show on Positive Minds with MCAPN.
  6. BIMA stress and anxiety infographic.
  7. Inspirited minds Look after yourself PDF covid edition

Scholars CRG Activities

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These are the list BIMA has played an active role in the Scholars Community Response Group (CRG),  please note that this is a summary of the work involving many organisations and individuals. Given how many activities were undertaken during the pandemic it is possible that many things have been missed out from this list.

  1. Putting together scholars from range of different groups and schools of thoughts into a single group to request their opinions on issues related to COVID.

Education CRG Activities

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These are the list BIMA has played an active role in the Education Community Response Group (CRG),  please note that this is a summary of the work involving many organisations and individuals. Given how many activities were undertaken during the pandemic it is possible that many things have been missed out from this list.

  1. Review of and adoption of Madrasa guidelines created by Lancashire Council of Mosques.