info@appne.uk  
 
 
EXECUTIVE MEMBERS 
Mr Irfan Akhtar 
President  
Consultant SurgeonSherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. 
Director Surgery Nottingham 
Rawalpindi Medical College 1988 
 
Dr Nadeem Sajjad Raja  
Treasurer/Acting Social Socretary 
 
FRCpath ,MSc, MBBS 
Recently elected Treasurer of APPNE. 
I am consultant Microbiologist, clinical researcher, teacher, supervisor and philanthropist with excellent communication, clinical and management skills 
I am a strong advocate of developing finance policies and activities such as new and renewal membership campaign to strengthen APPNE. I understand that it is high time to demonstrate my dedication and show my support of the hardworking APPNE team 
 
Dr Aisha Sharif 
Dr Samreen Muzaffer 
Dr Mukesh Kumar 
I am based in Liverpool working as a GP. Before returning to clinical side I was working as an Epidemiologist at the University of Liverpool. I have an MSc and PhD in epidemiology from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. I have a dream of developing a research platform for collaboration between UK and Pakistani institutions. This platform will then facilitate nurturing the budding clinicians in Pakistan to carry out research projects of international standards. 
Dr Raja Adnan 
MBBS, MRCPsych, MSc Medical Education. Consultant Psychiatrist in Wales 
 
Dr. Mazhar Sheikh 
Consultant Urological Surgeon Over 20 years of management and leadership experience Active member of professional organisations Direct Involvement in fundraising and philanthropist activities both locally and in Pakistan Educator , Examiner,Clinical and Educational supervisor Very proactive IMGs supporter Firm believer of APPNE ideology 
 
Mr Shabi Ahmed 
General Secretary 
 
 
Dr Sabeen Kamal 
 
Dr. Mohammad Imran 
 
Dr Habib Haider, FRCP (Edin) 
I am working as a Consultant in Acute Medicine at Royal Stoke University Hospital. I am also part of the Trust-wide IMGs Supporting committee and Lead of IMGs in Acute Medicine (Teaching, Mentoring and Career guidance ). I am also an ALERT and IMPACT course Instructor and actively participated in Virtual PACES Teaching via West Midlands Deanery. 
My short term goal is to increase Juniors' Doctors' Participation and improve teaching standards in collaboration with various organisations locally and nationally for Medical Doctors in the UK and Pakistan and to provide career guidance to Local Doctors & IMGs. 
 
Dr Aadil Karim 
Consultant gastroenterologist in NHS. 
I have a great passion for organising and participation in healthy activities for the community.I always try my best to be an active team member so I can make a positive impact in the organisation 
Dr Wajiha Tehniyat 
 
 
REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVES 2021 
Scotland West 
Muhammad Iqbal Saleemi 
Allama Iqbal  
Medical College, 1987 
Anaesthetist, Glasgow 
muhammad_saleemi@hotmail.com 
Scotland East 
Zeeshan Aslam 
DOW Medical College, 2001 
Consultant Urologist, Ninewells Hospital, Dundee 
mzaslam77@yahoo.com 
North East 
Dr Zeeshan Hafeez Kazi 
MBBS, MRCGP, IMRCSEd, MCh(Orth), FICS 
GP Partner With special interest in MSK and Minor Surgery 
GP Supervisor Primary Care Pharmacy Education Pathway 
Prospect Medical Group 
501 Westgate Road, Newcastle Upon Tyne 
NE4 8AY 
Tel: 01912260226 (work) 
07742679399 (Mobile) 
North West 
Nabeel Afzal 
Sindh Medical College, 2000 
Cardiologist & Acute Medical Consultant, Preston, Lancashire 
drnabeelafzal@hotmail.com 
 
North West 
Nauman Ahmad 
ST4 General Surgery, North West Deanery 
drnauman10@gmail.com 
 
 
South East 
Nadeem Sajjad Raja 
RMC, Consultant Microbiologist in Southend on Sea 
khinger@yahoo.com 
 
 
Yorkshire & Humberside West 
Sabin Kamal 
Sabin_kamal@yahoo.com 
 
 
 
Yorkshire & Humberside East 
Samreen Muzaffar 
GP, East Riding of Yorkshire 
samreenmuzaffar@hotmail.com 
 
 
Wales 
Amir Ghanghro 
GP, Cardiff 
ajghanghro@hotmail.com 
 
 
West Midlands 
Imran Hussain 
GP partner, College Road Surgery, Birmingham 
imran.hussain@doctors.org.uk 
 
West Midlands 
Ishaq Khan 
ST4 Geriatrics, West Midlands Deanery 
MRCP (UK) 
MRCPE (Edinburgh) 
ishaqjhagra@hotmail.com 
 
East Midlands 
Asad Malik 
Consultant Psychiatrist 
Associate Clinical sub dean Honorary (Consultant) Assistant Professor in Medical education 
RCPsych education & training committee representative for Trent Division 
Social secretary for British Pakistani Psychiatrists Association (BPPA) 
APPNE Regional Rep for East Midlands. 
 
East of England 
Azhar Chaudhry 
Chandka Medical college, 1999 
GP trainer and partner in Peterborough: 
amchaudhry92@yahoo.co.uk 
I also teach medical students from Imperial College London and Cambridge University. 
I have a special interest in Preventive Medicine, Teaching & Training and recently received ‘Trainer of the year’ award from the Peterborough VTS. My long term ambition is to help to develop the UK type Primary Healthcare system in Azad Kashmir, Pakistan. I am also member of British Islamic Medical Association (BIMA) and APPNA MERIT and have been delivering various talks and courses on their behalf to their respective audiences for the last few years. 
 
London South 
Amara Sohail 
Fatima Jinah Medical College, 1987 
Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist, Hampshire  
amarasohail@hotmail.com 
 
London North 
Shahzad Shah 
Army Medical College, 1992 
Consultant Urologist, Watford General Hospital 
shahzadshah@ymail.com 
 
Thames Valley 
Syed Iftikhar Hasan 
RMC, 1989, Geriatrician, Buckinghamshire 
syed.hasan@hotmail.co.uk 
 
 
Scotland  
Dr. Muhammad Ahsan Saleem. 
Consultant Radiologist and RCR Assessor Clinical Radiology, ARCP Panel Member Radiology, RCR Educational Supervisor Radiology, RCR Clinical Supervisor Radiology. 
FRCR, Royal college of Radiologists. UK. 
Diploma in advanced surgical sciences, University of Edinburgh. 
MBBS, Allama Iqbal Medical College, Lahore, Pakistan. 
Thames Valley 
Huma Hasan 
RMC, 1990  
GP in Oxford 
humahasan59@hotmail.com 
 
 
South 
Dr. Ali Naqvi 
Consultant physician and Endocrinologist 
Queen Alexandra University Hospital, Portsmouth 
St. Mary’s Hoapital, New Port 
Isle of Wight 
Email : toalinaqvi@hotmail.com 
Phone No: 07956555958 
 
Northern Ireland 
Mr Abid Rashid 
King Edward College, 1993 ConsultantBurns, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Royal Victoria  
Abidrashid@aol.com 
 
TRUSTEES 
Mr Umar Daraz Khan 
Consultant Aesthetic and Plastic Surgeon, Director Owner Reshape (Private Cosmetic Clinic)  
 
Have authored and published more than 60 publications, over 650 citations, pioneered techniques and original work in Aesthetic Plastic Surgery 
 
Shahab Qureshi 
Graduated Dow Medical college karachi -Pakistan 
 
Trained as a surgeon FRCS 
 
After training moved to orthopaedics 
Worked in orthopaedics 10 years 
 
M Med Sc (trauma) 
Principal General Practitioner in Wednesbury 
 
Dr Ayaz Abbasi 
MBBS, FRCS, FCPS, FRCEM, PGCME Divisional Medical Director Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh Foundation Trust Director Quality Improvement Consultant Emergency Medicine Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine SZABMUHonorary Senior Lecturer Edge Hill University Specialist Advisor CQC in Urgent and Emergency Care Member  
BME forum GMC Member International Education Subcommittee Royal college of Emergency Medicine College: Rawalpindi Medical College 
Year of graduation: 1987 
 
Dr. Amir ulhaq Khan 
FRCS Ed , FRCS Eng, FCPS Pak 
General upper GI and vascular surgeon 
Past president-West Midland Surgical Society 
Past medical director-Walsall healthcare NHS trust 
 
MESSAGE FROM EX-PRESIDENT AMIR BURNEY 
Dear Friends and Colleagues 
 
Asalam u Alaikum and Greetings 
 
I hope you and your families are well. Since our last communique at the APPNE Educational and Social event held on 7th March 2020, we were and still are engulfed by a terrible ordeal as a result of the Corona virus pandemic. 
 
First and foremost, as President, on behalf of the APPNE Executive Committee and the wider membership I would wish to express a few words for those affected by this devastating disease. Our prayers and thoughts are with all those who have lost their loved ones. We also pray and wish that our friends, colleagues and members of all communities who are still unwell across the world, get well soon. 
The most difficult times we have endured both individually and collectively since March 2020 have made an indelible impact on our lives. However, as a community of health and social care workers we continued to do our work with great diligence, duty of care and at times with great risk to ourselves and our families. 
 
We must and always will remember our fallen heroes who gave their lives whilst looking after their patients across the world. The workers in the NHS, Social Care Services in United Kingdom, healthcare systems in Europe, USA and across the world especially in Pakistan deserve and command our respect and tributes for the way they have stepped up to the plate and fought this terrible pandemic. 
 
Closer to home, since the lockdown and even as I write these words APPNE , the Executive Committee Members and a large number of APPNE members have continued to work both in front and behind the scenes to support the work being carried out by APPNE. I am truly proud and humbled by the people who have spent so much of their time and energies to help with various APPNE initiatives and causes over the last four months. 
 
These are somber times and hence I would not wish to glorify our activities but certainly it is worthwhile to mention that APPNE as an organisation has worked continuously and tirelessly since March 2020 on issues such as: 
Help and support for our international medical graduates. 
Raising the issues in relation to personal protection equipment (PPE) with the Health Secretary and wider political leadership in United Kingdom. 
The impact of COVID-19 on BAME healthcare professionals and communities. 
The issue of health surcharge on immigrants and visa related issues for IMGs. 
The issues surrounding repatriation of stranded Pakistanis to Pakistan with the support and co-operation extended by the High Commissioner of Pakistan to the United Kingdom H.E Mr Nafees Zakaria and the personnel at the Pakistan High Commission in UK. 
In relation to our efforts regarding advocacy , APPNE has been in constant contact with the GMC discussing matters affecting the International Medical Graduates, over the last few months. We appreciate the recognition by the GMC of the work we have done to provide emotional, practical and academic support to these doctors and we reciprocate the efforts by the GMC in this regards.I would like to express my gratitude to everyone who has supported APPNE, it’s campaigns and lobbying on multiple platforms over the last four months. 
 
APPNE continued its campaigning for all frontline healthcare workers and raised their concerns to Health Secretary during the pandemic. I was continuously in communication with a number of MPs and Peers about the issues regarding PPE, the impact of COVID -19 on BAME healthcare workers and communities. As a result The Rt Honourable Lillian Greenwood MP raised our concerns about PPE in the Parliament during the Women and Equality Rights Committee question hour. 
We have been approached by mainstream British media including radio, Television and print media to gather our views on current issues on multiple occasions. We have established contacts with three radio channels in UK who would very much like APPNE members to be part of their talk shows on a regular basis. The membership will be kept informed via emails from APPNE requesting your participation and expressions of interest. 
 
APPNE through its connections with mainstream media and working with sister organisations in UK highlighted issues such as PPE shortages. We lobbied for removal of the ‘Migrant Health Surcharge’ , requested the provision of ‘death in service benefit' for bereaved families and the provision of indefinite leave to remain for migrants who lost a family member whilst they were working in the NHS or Social Care Services. We have collaborated with a number of partner organisations including all BAME organisations to help achieve our objectives. These are ongoing works and we will keep the membership apprised of the latest developments. 
 
In May 2020 a joint letter by DAUK, APPNE and BAPIO was sent to the Home Secretary demanding the scrapping of the immigration health surcharge.  
The letter was directly quoted by Sir Kier Starmer, Leader of the Labour Party during Prime Minister's Question Hour during Parliamentary proceedings. The health surcharge has since been removed for NHS workers. Migrant healthcare professionals who work for the NHS will no longer pay an NHS surcharge.The support of our members and your encouraging comments give us the momentum to drive forward real change on behalf of our profession. 
 
APPNE has engaged with the Government of Pakistan and is continually involved in ongoing projects in Pakistan. We are one of the signatories in the Yaraan e Watan project. APPNE has delivered a number of very highly quality educational and training webinars for the benefit of healthcare professionals in Pakistan. We will continue to contribute to healthcare projects in Pakistan including in the field of tele-medicine in the near future. 
 
We were also invited as mentors and judges by the National Incubation Centre (NIC), Islamabad to be mentors and judges for the NIC Hackathon called Hackistan which aimed to develop new technologies in health care sector to counter the COVID -19 pandemic and beyond. 
 
We have recently signed an MOU with APPNA Merit and the Australian Association of Pakistani Physicians (AAPP) with the aim to work collaboratively specially in the field of Family Medicine in Pakistan. 
 
These are some the key highlights I wished to inform our membership about. I hope that you will find information useful. Once again I would like to thank TEAM APPNE, the Executive Committee and our members for their tireless efforts to help achieve our goals. The Government of Pakistan, The Pakistani High Commission and the British Government continue to recognise our work which keeps us motivated and focussed. I am also thankful to a number of media channels who have given us coverage over the past many months. 
 
As we move forward we plan to work harder and develop new projects which we will be announcing over the next few weeks. 
 
Take care and stay safe 
Regards 
Dr Amir Burney 
President 
APPNE 
MESSAGE FROM GENERAL SECRETARY IRFAN AKHTAR 
Greetings to you all 
 
I am thankful to all members who had overwhelmingly voted for me during the electoral process for their General Secretary of APPNE. I would thank the members for entrusting me with this role. 
 
The role of General Secretary is pivotal in working and development of this new organisation and I understand the responsibility this post carries. 
 
I am looking forward to working with APPNE President, executives and wider membership to set new goals and enact the laid down missions for APPNE. I am very optimistic that the constructive vision and aims we carry is a path for a brighter future for the medical fraternity in UK and Northern Europe. 
I believe 2019 will be full of positive results, excellence, new initiatives, leadership and growth for our organization. Our success will be based on teamwork, unity, partnerships and creativity. I have outlined some of initiatives and objectives which are important to me and I would aspire to achieve them during my tenure. 
 
Strengthening Educational Initiatives: 
Educational activities would remain pivotal with APPNE, I strongly believe that our work should not just focus overseas but be useful for doctors in the UK and Northern Europe. I would ensue that it remains useful for all medical graduates. In my role as General Secretary, I have met with Director International Relations of College of Physicians and Surgeons of Pakistan, Vice Chancellor of various Medical Universities and the educational Lead of APPNA to discuss ways in which APPNE can strengthen medical education in Pakistan. We would be working towards regular seminars locally as well as in Pakistan. 
Representing BME doctors at GMC: 
Following on from growing concerns amongst the junior doctors following Dr. Hadiza BawaGarba case and the ongoing observation of excessive unproportionate referrals to GMC of BME doctors, I feel APPNE as a democratically elected represented body can play a positive role in raising awareness and forwarding concerns of its members to GMC. I have joined the BME doctor forum at GMC and am actively participating, I would urge all members to participate and forward constructive suggestions which I could ensure, would be raised at BME forum. 
 
Strengthening Governance Infrastructure of APPNE : 
It is extremely important to me that governance structures are robust and I will work to lay down processes which will ensure that the constitution is followed. It will place us in a stronger position and help attract more participation and further growth of our membership. 
 
Transparency : 
I believe in being honest and open at all times, regardless of results. Our goal is to have financial transparency and disclosure to avoid situations which can affect the foundation of our new institution. 
Strengthen APPNE Component Societies : 
I strongly believe that we should tap into the immense talent of our executives and members and diversify the leadership of various work streams to the executive team and members for bringing greater sharing of best practices. I will be working to build a APPNE platform which is visible to not only UK graduates but also overseas Pakistani graduates. These would be platforms for professional networking, advocacy, think tank discussions around UK and International medical missions, youth mentorship, social and entertainment activities. 
 
Thank you for considering me for this position. I am eager to serve the members along with our team and contribute to this great organization. 
 
We request you all to get involved, volunteer and continue providing your feedback. 
 
I will end with a quote from Ronald Regan. 
 
“The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things.” 
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