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The Muslim Network Health Collaboration is an umbrella organisation for the Muslim networks of Public Health England, NHS Improvement, Department of Health and Social Care and NHS England.

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Hadith of the month

Narrated by Abdullah ibn Amr: A man asked the Prophet (PBUH) ‘What Islamic traits are the best?’ The Prophet (PBUH) said: ‘Feed the people, and greet those whom you know and those whom you do not know’ [Sahih Al Bukhari]

Annual General Meeting

The Muslim Network Health Collaboration will be hosting its Annual General Meeting (AGM) this year on the 17th March 2020. This event will see the Collaboration showcasing its achievements from 2019 and sharing the new priorities for 2020.

Speakers include Chris Bentley, Senior Advisor to Public Health England, as well as several senior leaders from NHS England & NHS Improvement, Department of Health and Social Care and the wider Civil Service.

With the NHS Long Term Plan putting additional emphasis on social prescribing and anchor institutions, the event will explore how Mosques can be used to improve health in Muslim communities. One way this can be achieved is through local health promotion activities, making the Mosque not just a place for people to pray, but also a community hub which includes a health focus.
Several Mosques have showcased some great examples of health promotion and inclusivity in the last year. Examples of this include disability week, hosting Macmillan coffee mornings, Autism Hours and several talks around cancer screening and mental health. With a large reach, this could be a solution to the increased constraints the NHS and health services face. Some of these Mosques will be in attendance to share their work and to discuss potential further collaboration.

But equally important is the Collaboration’s focus on its membership, including their professional development. The priorities set out how the Collaboration will support staff development and ensure each member has a strong opportunity to progress in their organisations. This includes a buddying scheme, a reverse mentoring offer, promoting senior Muslim role models and much more.
The above is not possible without reasonable workplace faith facilities. Hence, the strategy also highlights what the Collaboration are doing to ensure employees can bring their whole selves to work.

This event will also be an opportunity for members to network with other members from across the country, as well as discuss and feedback on the network priorities for the year and how the network could better engage to support health promotion.
Please join us for this afternoon of enlightenment and hear what the Collaboration has planned for you in the next year.

To confirm your space, please visit www.muslimhealthcollaboration.co.uk/events
For any queries, please contact nhsi.muslimnetwork@nhs.net.

Muslim Network members dinner

Following the AGM, a member’s dinner has been scheduled for any who wish to attend. This is a great way to meet the network as well as enjoy some great food!

The dinner will be held at Tas Restaurant, Waterloo, London.

Register now as spaces are limited: www.muslimhealthcollaboration.co.uk/events

Reverse Mentoring


The ConsortiuM Mentorship programme is now open for applications, and there is a requirement for both mentors and mentees across all professions.

The programme is designed to connect experience professionals with junior professionals who are seeking to develop and progress their skills and careers.

The programmer will be spread over twenty-five weeks (approximately six months: March to August) with nine meetings of 60 – 90 minutes. More details can be found at the following link.

This is an excellent opportunity to:

– Unlock your potential, access support and build a network

– Share knowledge, nurture talent and build leadership

– Give back to the community, and more.

Deadline for applications for both mentors and mentees is 22 February 2020.

Mentors can apply here.

Mentees can apply here.

Buddying Scheme


Network have also introduced a buddying scheme for members. Modelled on the Seerah of the Prophet (PBUH) upon his arrival to Madinah, this is a fantastic opportunity to meet other members of the network, particularly if you are new to the organisation.

If you would like to take part in the buddying scheme, please contact nhsi.muslimnetwork@nhs.net.

Faith-Action roundtable

Faith-Action is working with NHS England and NHS Improvement to hold a roundtable discussion, focused on how faith-based organisations are offering holistic care to people in their communities, including spiritual or pastoral support.

Faith-Action will be asking: what is happening, and what works best? We’re looking for models that work well and could be replicated elsewhere.

Please get in touch if you feel that you have experiences to share and would like to be part of shaping how the NHS works with communities in the years to come.

The roundtable will take place in Birmingham on Thursday 6th February, 10am-12.30pm, followed by lunch. NHS England will fund reasonable travel costs but this must be arranged as soon as possible.

If you are interested, please get in touch soon as spaces are very limited. Contact jenny.hadgraft@faithaction.net for more information.

Mental Health First Aiders – Free training

Faith Action have teamed up with Mental Health First Aid to offer free training for youth leaders of faith groups.

The two-day course will be available free of charge on a first-come-first-served basis, with limited spaces.

The training will be held on the 17th and 18th March in London (venue to be confirmed).

We encourage network members to take part in this opportunity, as it is an excellent opportunity to increase awareness and improve health outcomes in the communities we serve.

If you would like to be considered for this, please contact Jenny Hadgraft at jenny.hadgraft@faithaction.net or 0800 804 8299 with an expression of interest.

NHS BME Conference

Following the success of last year’s BME Conference in March, the NHS BME staff network will again be hosting the next BME Staff Conference on 5 March 2020.
We encourage all members of any background to attend the conference, as the sessions provide an opportunity to:

  • empower all staff across NHS England and Improvement
  • promote inclusive & collaborative working
  • raise awareness of the challenges faced by BME staff
  • move the conversations from ambition to action
  • collaborate with senior leaders to develop solutions and next steps
  • connect with colleagues to network and learn together
  • listen to inspirational real stories from colleagues.

For any queries, please contact: England.BME@nhs.net

Facilities update

The Network has been working with the NHS England and NHS Improvement estates teams to improve facilities for all employees in Skipton House, Wellington House and Quarry House.

Our key aims are:

  • To install proper wudhu facilities;
  • To ensure proper and reasonable multi-faith facilities; and
  • To pioneer suitable toilet facilities, through the possibility of a hose attachment.

We will keep you updated on any progress made. Read more on the multifaith-room page

Bradford Teaching Hospitals vacancy

Recently, Bradford Teaching Hospitals have been recruiting for a Community Engagement Manager to implement planned activities with local Islamic settings, including working with local Imams and faith leaders, as part of the Trailblazer Obesity Programme.

This is an important milestone as it shows that faith, and the role of faith institutions, is being recognised as a key anchor in improving health outcomes and driving change in Muslim communities.

For more information on the role that was advertised, please click here.

Network vacancies

The Network is looking for volunteers to take a more proactive role in managing the network. The roles looking to be filled include:

  • Faith facilities lead
  • Skipton House site lead
  • Health promotion leads – for various issues the network can take a proactive stance on

If you would like to get involved or have a suggestion for the network to pursue, please contact nhsi.muslimnetwork@nhs.net.

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