“British Pakistani” or just “British”

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been noticing a lot of media attention about the British identity. What does it mean to be British? A notable programme show on Channel 4 – Make Bradford British – is an example of the media attempting to use a “reality TV” format to root out the answer to an increasingly popular question.

While watching some of these programmes, I came across something a good friend of mine helped to produce and research.

Acclaimed journalist and author Anatol Lieven joins a distinguished panel to discuss the relationship between Britain, Pakistan, and the British Pakistani diaspora. With Jahan Mahmood, historian specialising in the role of Muslim soldiers who served in the British military; Anwar Akhtar, director, The Samosa; Rubia Dar, journalist, Pakistan International Peoples Association (PIPA); Zachary Latif, PIPA; Dr Max Malik, doctor, author of Butterfly Hunter and winner of the Brit Writers Award.

Here’s the video.


The Lindsay Leg Club® Model

I’m soon to become a Trustee of a Not-for-Profit charity known as the Lindsay Leg Club Foundation (or Lindsay Leg Club). The appointment happened through sheer chance … or perhaps it was meant to be … kismet 🙂

I met Ellie Lindsay, the founder, while returning from Palma de Majorca (Mallorca), Spain. We sat next to one another on the airplane and over a conversation with her and her husband (Richard Lindsay), we became good friends. In the time since we first met, Ellie has graciously supported my need to “give back” to the wider community and turn what is currently an academic qualification as a Non-Executive Director, into a practical real-world practice. I’m in awe of Ellie and many of the wonderful, compassionate and self-less individuals I have met since and truly hope I live up to my potential in supporting the wonderful Charity Foundation that is the Lindsay Leg Club.

Read on for details of a fascinating model that a warm hearted and spirited woman created to bring care to individuals and communities drawing everyone from nurses, councils to esteemed healthcare practitioners who, together, have made an idea a reality.

Leg Club® is a unique model of community-based leg ulcer care. By providing nursing care in a non-medical, social environment, the model has several benefits: it removes the stigma associated with leg ulcers and helps isolated older people reintegrate into their communities, which in turn improves concordance and has a positive impact on healing and recurrence rates. In an atmosphere of de-stigmatisation, empathy and peer support, positive health beliefs are promoted and patients take ownership of their treatment.

The Leg Club model creates a framework in which nurses, patients and local community can collaborate as partners in the provision of holistic care. The model also provides an environment for appropriate supportive education, advice and information.

Click here to read a published article for more information.