Since our relaunch in the Summer of 2020, the Network has been active in providing representation for Muslims across the NHS, raising awareness and supporting in the fight against racism, Islamophobia and health inequalities. Some of our key highlights include:
- Our work to increase the uptake of COVID-19 vaccinations amongst our communities, including webinars and materials that provide clinical and faith-based information to support decision making.
- A programme of events and material to celebrate Black Islamic History and black Muslim role models
- Our guidance on prayer in the workplace, Ramadan, Eid and Hajj and how to support Muslim staff in the NHS
- Our International Women’s Day webinar celebrating and raising awareness about the experiences of Muslim Women in the NHS
- Our membership, which has grown to over 1000 people across the country from a wide range of backgrounds.
To celebrate our fantastic achievements over the year, we have published our Year in Review – 2020/21, which provides a high level overview of all of our activities, what we have learned and what we aim to do in the next upcoming year. You can download our Year in Review on our website.
The NHS Muslim Network has been working hard to represent and support our members through what has been a challenging 18 months.
To make sure that we are continuously improving the way we work and are able to keep making an impact on our communities, we need your support, experience and talent.
Join our team of volunteers today and meet new people, gain experience working on equality, diversity and inclusion projects start to finish, interact with senior stakeholders and make a real difference for our NHS Muslim communities.
We are currently looking for volunteers in the following projects:
- NHS prayer facilities
- Social media engagement
- Event management
For further information please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Help us to support the grab a jab campaign by:
- Using the graphics in the following pack to promote grab a jab on your social media channels
- Sharing the local walk in sites at www.nhs.uk/covidvaccine.
- Encouraging your staff and followers to reshare grab a jab social media messaging from your local NHS and Local Authorities
- Sharing grab a jab messaging with your stakeholders, members and followers – the messaging is appropriate for those age 16+ and also their support networks including parents, families, teachers and youth workers.
To get their vaccine, young people aged 16 and 17 simply need to attend a convenient walk-in site, they can find one near to where they live at www.nhs.uk/grab-a-jab. Those within three months of their birthday and older, can also book their COVID-19 vaccine through the National Booking Service.
This is a one-to-one wellbeing coaching support offer for BAME colleagues in the NHS workforce. Talking to a trained coach can help you process the experiences you are facing, develop coping skills and importantly, develop practical strategies to manage the situation and maintain your health and wellbeing, so you can carry on thriving in your work and everyday life.
All coaching sessions are free and confidential – details will never be shared with employers. The sessions are available via phone or video call, seven days a week at a day and time that suits you. Find out more and book here. Further bespoke and culturally diverse health and wellbeing offers can be found here.
Join the blood stem cell register and become a life saver today
“Esha is 4-years old and was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia in May this year. Since then, she has spent almost all her time at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London and has endured two intensive cycles of chemotherapy, which have unfortunately been unsuccessful. She now desperately needs to find stem cell donors with the right genetic match before the end of September to give her a fighting second chance at life
Those of South Asian heritage (Like Esha) are particularly underrepresented on the stem cell donor register and so it is difficult to for this group to find a match. Though Esha would certainly benefit from a match of South Asian descent, regardless of your ethnic background you could potentially save others in dire need of a stem cell donor. The test itself is painless and quick and if you are a match, the process of obtaining stem cells is relatively straightforward.
For more information on Esha’s journey including donor drives and how to register with DKMS or Anthony Nolan, please visit For Esha.
As part of the Network’s aim in trying to tackle health inequalities amongst our communities – we encourage our members to spread the word about stem cell donation and the impact it can have. In upcoming months, we will be working with charities such as Anthony Nolan to raise the awareness about ethnic health inequalities associated with blood cancer and blood diseases and the Islamic perspective of donation to help you and your networks make an informed choice about this important matter.
Race Ahead – NHS Big Conversation on Race
The People Directorate at NHS England and NHS Improvement are pleased to invite you to ‘Race Ahead – NHS Big Conversation on Race’ during October.
Race Ahead will be a series of conversations and panel discussions on Wednesday 6 and Tuesdays 12, 19 and 26 October, from 9.00 am to 1.00 pm focused on the specific actions we can all take to improve the outcomes and experiences of our staff.
October is Black History Month in the UK, and as the NHS is the largest employer of people from black and minority ethnic backgrounds in the country and across Europe, the objective of Race Ahead will be to tackle the workplace discrimination that some of our staff continue to face.
The themes of the sessions are:
- Wednesday 6 October – Zero tolerance for racism: supporting a diverse workforce to deliver for patients
- Tuesday 12 October – Leadership that makes a difference: positively transforming the culture of the NHS through leadership Tuesday 19 October – Improving health and wellbeing for all staff by reflecting on their lived experience
- Tuesday 26 October – Strategic approaches to achieving racial equality
You can register to attend using the NHS England events page. In the coming days, more information, including the agenda, how to join and speakers will be available on the webpage. You can also follow #NHSRaceAhead, #OurNHSPeople, @people_nhs, @WRES_team or your NHS England regional twitter account to stay up to date.