The NHS Muslim Network aims to provide representation for Muslim colleagues working across the NHS, working in partnership with NHS organisations and health agencies to promote an inclusive and diverse workplace where people of all backgrounds can bring their full selves to work and fulfill their potential.
The Muslim Network has four key objectives:
- To provide active representation for Muslim staff: The Network strives to actively listen and ensure that issues affecting Muslim staff are heard and addressed/acknowledged across the organisation (including by senior leadership).
- To provide personal and professional support for Muslim staff: Qualitative and quantitative (ESR) data shows that many Muslim and black and minority ethnic (BME) colleagues reach a glass ceiling in career progression at the Band 8a level. Therefore, the Network pro-actively supports the personal and professional development of members through knowledge and skill building and offering a safe, constructive space.
- To increase awareness about Islamic faith-based practices and issues: The Network aims to enhance the feeling of inclusivity for Muslim staff in the workplace by improving the faith and cultural literacy of staff across NHS England and NHS Improvement and the wider system.
- To support NHS England and Improvement (NHSEI), Public Health England (PHE), the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and the wider NHS in improving the health of the Muslim community: Faith is often a neglected protected characteristic within the healthcare system. However, evidence shows that it plays a key role in the decision making of patients and staff in relation to their interactions with health services and their overall health and wellbeing. The Network is committed to supporting NHS England and NHS Improvement, Public heath England (PHE), Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) and the wider health and social care sector in improving health outcomes and reducing health inequalities in the Muslim community. This is done through: (1) health promotion in Mosques and community hubs across the UK, and (2) providing feedback on policy decisions to ensure they are faith sensitive.
Membership is open to all NHS staff of Muslim faith, and those with a positive interest in driving forward equality and diversity in the workplace and tackling health inequalities.
The NHS Muslim Network Executive committee manages the network, organising events, workshops and will act on behalf of members in discussions and decision making, working with other staff networks and key stakeholders in the NHS and the third sector.