Atiha has extensive health inequalities and socio-economic research expertise, as well as community and voluntary sector experience gained over 25 years of community work. Atiha has served in important civic and community roles, including as non-executive Lay member for patient and public engagement at Manchester Health Care Commissioning Board; Chair of Greater Manchester BAME Network; and Senior Associate for Manchester BME Network CIC. She was appointed in 2012 as Deputy Lieutenant to support the work of HM The Queen’s Lord Lieutenant of Greater Manchester.
Atiha provides expert guidance on health and wellbeing outcomes, and systems insight into process effectiveness of health and social care commissioning. She has worked on a range of projects, conducting outreach, qualitative field research, and engagement with particularly marginalised and vulnerable groups, as well as with commissioners, and health and care professionals. Her recent work has focused on health inequalities, BAME community leadership and engagement, and community consultation.
Atiha is passionate about the involvement and engagement of patients in high quality health and care provision. She is a champion for the principles of equality, diversity and inclusion in the design and delivery of services.