Blessed Summit 2020 : Friday 17th June

Detailed Programme : Blessed Summit 2020 : PDF File

Dr Abid Iqbal  : 
Portfolio GP, GP Training Programme Director for Health Education Yorkshire & Humber

Speech Title : Causes of Mental Health Issues Globally   

My name is Abid Iqbal. I work as a GP in Bradford, West Yorkshire. I completed my undergraduate training in Manchester and my postgraduate GP training in Bradford where I now reside with my family. I work as a portfolio GP and am a training programme director (TPD) for the Bradford GP training scheme. I am passionate about GP training and education. I also work as an Independent GP advisor to the North Kirklees Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and have an interest in commissioning the best possible primary care services for the community. I recently qualified as a life coach and thoroughly enjoy supporting colleagues during key transitions in their lives through professional coaching with Health Education England. I also have a role as a GP specialist advisor (GP SpA) for the Care Quality Commission (CQC).



Professor Shahid Ali : Lead GP Partner, Manor Medical Practice, Professor of Digital Health, Director of Dynamic Health Systems

Speech Title : Stress, Anxiety & Depression

Shahid Ali is a clinical leader with strategic vision and a passion to improve services and achieve better health outcomes for patients. He works as a general practitioner specialist in cardio-diabetes, and has held senior NHS management roles locally, regionally, and as a national clinical leader. He is co-founder and a Director of Dynamic Health Systems. Currently he is working on several work streams including empowering and enabling patient centred care using technology, integration of services across pathways and Intelligence for commissioning. He is Professor of Digital Health in the University of Salford.



Dr Saira Awan : Executive Managing GP, Abbotswood Medical Centre

Speech Title : How Traumatic Events Shape Our Lives

Dr Saira studied Medicine and graduated from the University of Birmingham. Currently she is working as the Principal Partner for a GP surgery within Watford. She actively supports a local charity called Watford Muslim Youth Centre, which is building a new community centre, by organising various fundraising activities and helping to deliver community projects. In her remaining time, Dr Saira is raising three beautiful children and enjoys spending time with her family.



Dr Samina Khalil : Sessional GP and National Lead for Muslim Health Service

Speech Title : The Elderly & Mental Health      

My name is Dr Samina Khalil. I qualified as a doctor from the University of Liverpool with honours in 2007 and completed my GP training in Bradford. I currently work as a freelance GP across practices in West Yorkshire and mainly in and around Bradford. I also work as an out of hours doctor providing care and advice over the telephone, visiting patients in their homes and working from the hospital setting. I have a keen interest in geriatric medicine and in particular raising awareness of depression amongst the elderly. I am the project lead for Muslim Health Service’s ‘Community Companions’ having successfully received funding from Bradford’s Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to work in partnership with Mind In Bradford. This project is designed to reduce social isolation and loneliness in those over the age of 65 years in Bradford. I am also the examinations content writer for Hijaz World. I currently reside in Bradford with my family and enjoy spending time and travelling with them.

Shaykh Tauqir Ishaq : Civil Engineer

Speech Title : Spirituality and Mental Illness

Shaykh Tauqir Ishaq is a chartered civil engineer specialising in river and coastal engineering. He has worked for some of the leading engineering companies in the UK. He has been the Chief Executive of Hijaz College and was key to the day to day running of Hijaz when it was a full-time boarding school. He has also taught students on the Hijaz Diploma course and teaches courses on Aqeeda in Bradford and Keighley.

He has lectured on a vast range of subjects in many different countries around the world, and has appeared on many television programmes and participated in debates on Islam. Previously he has worked in helping the Muslim community in South London, which included holding regular spiritual surgery sessions, to enhance the faith and spirituality of attendees.


Dr Abdul Qadr Siddiqi : Executive Managing GP Partner for Rushden Medical Centre, Director of eHarley St

Speech Title : Positive Role Models and their Positive Impact