YEP Best of Health Awards Doctor of the Year: Dr Safia Jabeen

Dr Safia Jabeen is presented with her award by John Lofthouse and Clare Frisby
Dr Safia Jabeen is presented with her award by John Lofthouse and Clare Frisby
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her extremely valuable work in a sensitive area prompted Dr Safia Jabeen to be named Doctor of the Year.

Dr Jabeen, associate specialist doctor at the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, set up the female-only Chandni Clinic in Dewsbury to meet the sexual health needs of Muslim women.

The service was set up to tackle cultural and communication barriers which may prevent women from that background from accessing this kind of healthcare.

It works in various languages, with female clinicians seeing patients and translated leaflets and posters produced.

Her nomination said there had been an “overwhelming” response from patients and the judges were very impressed with her efforts in the face of a number of challenges.

Dr Jabeen told audience members at the event that she was delighted to receive the award: “I am really honoured and humbled as well.

“I have been really lucky this year and have had a couple of other awards, but this is the real jewel in the crown.

“It’s an honour and a pleasure as well.”

The other shortlisted nominees in this category, which was sponsored by Nuffield Health Leeds Hospital, were Dr Julia Newton-Bishop, renowned skin cancer specialist and professor of dermatology at St James’s Hospital, and Dr Steven Pollard, weight loss surgeon in Leeds, who was said to transform the lives of his patients.

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