Shafiq Sadiq

Armed Forces Veteran Advocate for East Lancashire Hospital Trust.

This is a role Sid has now been in for 2 years, and one that he is proud to have been appointed to.  Sid served in the Amy for 22 years and his primary role was a Medical Practice Manager. 

The Army was very good in training people to undertake dual roles so as well as being a Practice Manager he was also qualified as a Medic, a Dental Nurse and in a more combat role I was Chemical, Biological, Radiological & Nuclear Warfare Instructor.  During his 22 years he was based in many places and was deployed on 3 operational tours – Bosnia, Sierra Leone & Iraq.

Since retiring from the Army, Sid has undertaken a whole host of job roles including a radio presenter with his own 2-hour radio show broadcast around the world (BFBS), a Landscape Gardiner through to being a house husband taking care of his 2 daughters whilst his wife continued her military career.

More recently Sid started employment with ELHT in 2019 as Admin & Operational support for Intensive Home Support Service (IHSS) & Covid Virtual Ward, a community-based team.   IHSS provides a virtual ward for the community patients ultimately avoiding admissions to hospital.  It played a key role during the pandemic providing clinical support for all those that were Covid positive.  He now provides much needed support for the Armed Forces Community in east Lancashire.


Fiona Lamb

Fiona’s substantive role is Clinical Site Manager in East Lancashire Hospitals alongside this in 2019 when she commenced as Armed Forces Veteran Lead Following a death of a local Armed Forces Veteran.

Although not having served in the military herself her family background was with the Royal Navy, so she has a personal appreciation and respect for our Armed Forces.

She started her working life in HM Government from 1987 to 1993 when she changed her career path and started work at Burnley General Hospital as a registered Nurse in Emergency Care until the merger of both Burnley and Blackburn trusts.

Following the merger to Royal Blackburn 2007 Fiona was a senior sister specialising in Accident & Emergency & Trauma nursing and after 21yrs took up her current position as Clinical Site Manager.

East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust Has been awarded Veteran Aware Status 2021 and ERS Gold 2022 and supports the health commitments of the Armed Forces Covenant together with a pledge of supporting service personnel transitioning into civilian life.