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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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Black Lives Matter

As a Collaborative we recognise that these are difficult times for our fellow black members, colleagues, brothers and sisters following the death of George Floyd and the scenes across the world reflect the years of racism and discrimination people have endured.

Muslims and other faith groups are not exempt from bias and discrimination. As a community we need to do more to support our Black brothers and sisters and the fight against racial injustice, within our homes, workplaces and community groups.

The Collaborative is committed to continue to play its part in tackling racism or discrimination of any sort, both within our organisations and membership, but also within our communities. As such we would like to start by reminding our colleagues about our support offer. We are here as a Collaborative if any member feels they need someone to speak to in confidentiality.

Secondly, we would like to fully endorse the statement made by our colleagues from the Civil Service Muslim Network and we will develop a new workstream which will focus on how collectively we can enable our black members to reach visible senior leadership roles in our organisations. This new workstream will also look at whether, as a Collaborative, we are representative of all our members, which includes those that are black.

During this difficult time the Network would like to offer our support and some resources to help with your health and well-being:

  • Further information about the diverse heritage of Black British Muslims can be found on Everyday Muslim.
  • A wide range of support services for NHS staff can be found on the NHS People website, including a direct staff support line.
  • The Network is open to ensure staff can present issues to senior management through a unified voice, and to address any racism felt by the membership.
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COVID-19: PHE Review

Public Health England have recently published a descriptive review of data on disparities in the risk and outcomes from COVID-19.

The report confirms that the impact of COVID-19 has replicated existing health inequalities and, in some cases, has increased them. It also states that it is already clear that relevant guidance, certain aspects of recording and reporting of data, and key policies should be adapted to recognise and wherever possible mitigate or reduce the impact of COVID-19 on the population groups that are shown in this review to be more affected by the infection and its adverse outcomes.

As the number of new COVID-19 cases decrease, monitoring the infection among those most at risk will become increasingly important. It seems likely that it will be difficult to control the spread of COVID-19 unless these inequalities can be addressed.

To read the full report please click here.

Network Members Survey - Reminder

The Muslim Network Health Collaborative is working with our health organisations to ensure you supported during the COVID-19 lockdown and to support any NHS COVID-19 response into the disproportionate impact on BAME communities.

So we want to hear from YOU about your experiences.

The survey only takes 2 minutes!

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All responses will be treated with complete confidentiality and will be used solely for the reasons stated above.

Professional development course

Following the success of our previous professional development workshop, the network would like to invite all members to the next workshop on:

The Art and Value of Coaching.

Coaching has grown to become a multi-billion pound global industry. Just about every senior person in any organisation has either used a coach, or is actively being coached. But:

– What is coaching all about? 

– Mentoring vs coaching? 

– How is it useful to you in your career journey? 

– How can you get started? 

This introductory session aims to introduce the benefits of coaching and how coaching can propel your career journey. 

The session will be delivered by Adam Shabbir, Head of Product at NHS Digital within the NHS England Citizen Health Tech team. Despite Adam’s professional background being in technology and digital services, he has almost 2 decades of experience actively mentoring, coaching and training. Adam trained with the Neuro Leadership Institute, specialising in Brain based coaching. 

Date: Wednesday 17th June

Time: 11:00 – 12:00

Spaces are limited – to confirm your place, click below to contact us

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Guidance for opening mosques

This week (9th June) will mark the twelfth consecutive week that mosques across the UK have suspended activities since the UK Government’s enforced lockdown on 23rd March, with many mosques having voluntarily suspended even earlier to minimise risk to their congregations. Mosques and community centres, and even more so, the community itself, is looking forward to the time when Mosques can safely re-open.

Following the recent Government easing of restrictions, and in consultation with mosques and other Muslim Associations across the country, the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) have produced updated guidance on the safe and gradual reopening of mosques for congregational worship. These guidelines can be found on the MCB website.

The Mosques and Imams National Advisory Board (MINAB), in consultation with the British Board of Scholars and Imams (BSSI), have also provided advice and guidance for Mosques following the recent announcements by Government. Further information can be found on the MINAB website.

REACT Mental Health Conversation Training

The NHS People Directorate are running a series of one hour virtual training sessions, to enable those with responsibilities for NHS people to identify the need for, and facilitate, a psychologically supportive conversation with their team members, using REACT MH techniques:

Recognise, Engage, Actively listen, Check risk, and Talk about specific actions and next steps.

Sessions will be advertised on www.people.nhs.uk.

Training for Trainers: Leadership support circles

NHS England & Improvement have introduced Leadership Support Circles to provide an interactive, peer-peer approach to supplement and complement evidence-based online resources. Feedback from early pilots show that clinicians, allied professionals and others involved in the COVID-19 response are appreciative of opportunities to connect with peers, share their experiences as leaders and start to make sense of a bewildering period in all of our lives.  

They are looking to establish a further 84 system-wide network of people who are willing and able to facilitate these support circle sessions.  Facilitators will be part of a national network, bringing together HR, OD and Wellbeing Professionals from across the NHS system. In particular there is a need to ensure that trainers represent a diversity in backgrounds, and training will be offered to facilitators.

Spaces are very limited, so for more information and to enrol, please contact: uzma.hussain1@nhs.net.

Fast-a-thon update

This Ramadan, the Collaboration ran its Annual #fastathon2020 challenge, offering the opportunity to fellow colleagues to fast for charity in support of Muslim NHS front line staff who are also fasting while saving lives on the front line.

This year, with the support of all colleagues, we’ve managed to raise over £1,200 towards our chosen charity, NHS Charities Together. Participants of this year’s Fast-a-thon include Baroness Dido Harding and other non-Executive Directors.

The network would like to thank all those that took part in the Fast-a-thon and we look forward to inviting you all to our belated Eid celebrations once the lockdown is eased

Virtual Catch ups

This is a reminder that the Collaboration are running Virtual Catch ups fortnightly on Thursdays between 3-4pm for members.

The Virtual Catch up is an informal session for members to relax, network with others, take part in some games and activities, reflect on the week and raise any issues/concerns. Following the Virtual Catch up last week, the themes going forward will be more focused around Islamic topics and current affairs.

The next Virtual Catch up will be held on the 18th June. For more details on how to take part.

Social Media

The Collaboration now has its very own Twitter platform. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter!

Our Twitter page will be used for discussion with members, as well as providing updates and promoting events.

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