Our Vision: Engage Educate Empower
Askdoc was created in 2011 by like minded health care professionals, who wanted to improve the health of the Greater Manchester ethnic minority community.
We are now an established community health organisation for the ethnic minority community, to help improve health, reduce health inequalities and serve the community.
We have been involved in collaborative work with Greater Manchester Hepatitis Strategy, Public Health England, Manchester Health and Care Commissioning, Diabetes UK, Target Ovarian Cancer, NHS Oldham CCG, Manchester Health & Care Commission, Macmillan and Ingeus.
Our expertise lises in all matters of health affecting the ethnic minority communities. Target areas include
Multilingual workshops for the community ( face to face and virtual)
Collaboration/engagement with external organisations and stakeholders
Campus training & engagement
Research and academic writing
Information videos in different languages
Meet the Team
Dr Enam Haque, Chair
Enam has been Chair since 2018, and was one of the founding members of Askdoc in 2011. He is passionate about reducing health inequalities, particularly for the ethnic minority communities. He works as a GP Partner in Central Manchester, and is also Clinical Senior Lecturer at the University of Manchester Medical School. His interest areas lie in equality, diversity & inclusion, as well as widening participation to healthcare careers.
He is the Founding Chair of the National Medical Schools Widening Participation Forum, and sits on the board of DIMAH (Diversity in Medicine and Health). He also sits on the board of the Medical Schools Council EDI Alliance.
Dr Bushera Choudry, Vice Chair & Programme Lead
Bushera Choudry is as a GP trainer working in Salford. She has a special interest in women’s health & education. She is an undergraduate tutor for Manchester medical school. She is chair of Doctors Worldwide and is a trustee of FAMS – a charity supporting underprivileged students in Pakistan. She is a busy mum to a toddler. She is passionate about tackling inequalities in health and education.
Bushera was our Programme Lead from 2018 to 2021, and had responsibility for developing training on ethnic minority health to health care professionals. She has been Vice Chair since 2021, and works closely with the Chair in developing the vision further.
Sakib Shaikh, Strategic & Operational Consultant
Sakib has been a Trustee since 2019, providing Project Management and Operational direction. Sakib is an IT Service Delivery Manager, having worked on projects across the globe. He brings over 20 years of experience in community engagement and working with voluntary organisations. A keen cricketer and a sports fan in general, enjoys visiting historic sites and spending time with his family.
Dr Hina Siddiqi, Secretary
Hina is currently working as a Sessional GP in Manchester and Oldham.She is also a member of the GMMMG. She represents the Medical Women’s Federation as an observer on the BMA’s Public Health Committee.Passionate about ethnic minority health and reducing inequalities. Fluent in Urdu and Hindi as born and brought up in India.Outside of work Hina is an accomplished cook and mum to a teen.
Sabir Hussain, Treasurer
Sabir is a Trustee and Treasurer for AskDoc.
He has over 20 years of Public sector experience and has worked for a number of government organisations including the Department of Health. He is currently with Public Health England (PHE).
providing business and financial information to support strategic decision making at both national and regional level.
Sabir holds a BSc (Hons) Degree in Applied Accounting and is a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.
In his spare time Sabir enjoys walking, martial arts, travelling and spending time with family and friends
Dr Akmal Shakoor, Events and Outreach Lead
Akmal has been working in Askdoc since 2017, initially as a medical student at the University of Manchester, and now is a junior doctor. He is Events Lead, with responsibility for devising, delivering and evaluating workshops to the local ethnic minority communities. The work has now extended to webinars, during the pandemic. Akmal also has oversight of our first ever branch, AskDoc South East.
Dr Siema Iqbal, Trustee
Siema works as a GP and GP trainer in Manchester . She works to tackle discrimination and inequalities and feels medicine goes beyond the consulting room. Have worked in an area of high ethnic diversity for over 13 years she recognises first hand the healthcare barriers faced by ethnic minority patients. She is also part of the Everydoctor team advocating for doctors in the UK and tackling Islamophobia through AVOW of which she is co-founder. When not working she is a mum to 2 crazy boys.
Dr Farah Farzana, Campus Lead
Academic foundation doctor working in Royal Bolton hospital. Graduated from university of Manchester and has been involved with the AskDoc team since 2017. Previous widening participation mentor for UoM. Passionate about tacking health inequalities faced by the ethnic minority community. Working towards educating and training healthcare professionals on cultural awareness. Farah has oversight of the AskDoc Student Society and also works with Rafia and the Amar Doctor team.