General Pharmaceutical Council – Public Consultation

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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

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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 …

January News & Views

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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 …

January Events Roundup

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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 …

BIMA Ramadan Initiative 2017

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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 …

BIMA Lifesavers & Trainees 2017 Recruitment

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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, with over 300 volunteers last year, working with 35 …

December News & Views

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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 …

December Events Roundup

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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 …

BIMA National Conference 2017 Tickets

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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 …

November Events Roundup

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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 …

November News & Views

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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, …

Action Centred Leadership Report

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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 …

BIMA National Conference 2017 Announcement

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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 …

LifeSavers 2016 Report

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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 …

BIMA at Living Islam 2016

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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 …

Ramadan Reflections Podcasts

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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” …