The National Spirituality & Mental Health Forum operates under the Charity Commission England & Wales and in association with stakeholders such as the UK government, the NHS, national mental health initiatives and religious institutions. The Board of Trustees meets at least twice a year to plan the role and work of the Forum and to address governance matters.
Aziz is a Psychotherapist, Hypnotherapist, and Life Coach. He is a graduate in the field of Islamic Theology. He has a keen interest in Spirituality, Faith, and Mental Health.
His recent work experience involves working with vulnerable, challenging complex needs young people leaving the care system.
His experience in the NHS includes, currently being a member of NHS England’s Provider Collaborative Impact Framework Working Group for Mental Health Commissioning. He was Deputy Manager for Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust Patient Carer and Public Involvement team, Diabetes Commissioner for Barnsley CCG, and was the SY&B ICS Diabetes Prevention Programme Manager. He also led an innovative project named ’Spirit in Mind’. The project recognises and seeks to draw upon the possibilities opened up by working with locally-based Spiritual, Faith, and Humanist organisations (“Spiritual Partners”) to significantly enhance the diversity and quality of support available to users of NHS services. This includes funding and commissioning, participation in governing bodies, committees, and strategic partnerships. Aziz led a successful conference in 2018 which was titled Supporting people’s mental wellbeing through the development of collaborative partnerships, which can be accessed via the hyperlink.
He is currently developing a portal for therapists which will be a real help for users, counsellors and therapists alike to bring them together at a time when COVID19 has hit the world stage.
Aziz has had a breadth of working experience in Public, Private, and Third Sectors. He has been in business for at least half of his working life. He has sat on many Third Sector Leader organisations and community group boards including his local Police Crime Commissioners Third Sector Advisory Group, VAC Calderdale and Kirklees Third Sector Leaders.
He has been an NHS England Patient Participation Voice (PPV) particularly on behalf of Faith and BAME communities. He advises on funding, transformation and innovation within Health and VCS sectors and has a keen interest in Asset Based Community Development, Sustainability, Person Centred Care, Expert by experience and Patient Participation.
He is involved in helping Faith Institutions with their Governance and Leadership structures.
He is also keen to see local people participate in processes to add value and a sense of realism.
In his spare time, he likes to read up on Rumi, Al Kindi, Ibn Arabi, Al Ghazali, the mystic Raabia Basri and others.