Regulated by the General Medical Council with a full licence to practice, and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority simultaneously. Member of the Royal College of Physicians of London.
Strong interest in wellbeing in dementia.
His paper on the specific pathology of the prefrontal cortex in this type of dementia is considered a seminal contribution in its field, paving the way for a better understanding of the disorder; it has been quoted more than 280 times to date, and is cited in the current chapter on dementia in the latest edition of the Oxford Textbook of Dementia.
Elected to a Queen’s Scholarship at Westminster School in 1987, he subsequently went to Jesus College, University of Cambridge in 1993. He obtained the second highest First in the Natural Sciences Tripos in neuroscience in 1996, being awarded his BA(Hons.) degree in 1996.
Education in medicine and cognitive neurology
After the customary award at Cambridge of his M.A. in 1999, awarded his Ph.D. also from Cambridge, for a thesis on the early diagnosis of behavioural variant frontotemporal dementia in 2001 (no corrections were advised to the University).
Having graduated with his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery in 2001, he then went onto receive the Diploma of the Membership of Royal Colleges of Physicians (MRCP(UK)) in May 2005. Dr Rahman also completed a post-doctoral academic fellowship at the Institute of Neurology at Queen Square, London, and has published papers in international journals on the freezing-of-gait and quality-of-life of individuals with Parkinson’s disease. His continues to be actively interested in the functioning of the brain through participation in the social brain project as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Commerce and Entrepreneurship.
Dr Shibley Rahman is very much interested in teaching himself. He has published three best-selling books for to guide junior physicians, on Part 1, Part 2, and the PACES part of this difficult test of competence of completion of basic medical training.
He considers his biggest achievement to be in recovery from alcohol since the summer from June 2007. In fact, with the support of student enrolment from the Solicitors Regulation Authority, he has been able to pursue the Legal Practice Course at BPP Law School, Holborn, London, as a full-time student from January 2012. This course was finally completed in February 2013; thus completing the necessary training should he have wished to pursue a training contract.
He had previously completed his Graduate Diploma in Law/LLB(Hons) at BPP Law School in March 2009. He had also completed his Master of Law by distance learning from the College of Law of England and Wales, whilst volunteering part-time for the Head Office of the British Lung Foundation, successfully awarded with a Commendation in January 2011. Sarah Lewis, publications officer of the BLF at the time, provides this testimonial:
“I loved working with Shibley. Shibley is vastly intelligent – and his degrees and qualifications speak for themselves. For all of his achievements Shibley is an incredibly humble and lovely person to work with. He happily shares his knowlege with all. He enjoys discussing research in law and medicine and has an interest in publishing and design software. Shibley is always learning something new and would be a valuable asset to any organisation.”
Experience as a NHS patient
He owes this life-changing event due to the fact that, on 1 June 2007, he was admitted with acute meningitis to the Royal Free NHS Hampstead, having sustained an asystolic cardiac arrest and an epileptic seizure. Previously able-bodied, Dr Rahman was able to survive a six-week coma in 2007, and learnt how to walk again. However, it is not an exaggeration to say that he owes his entire life to the NHS, and how the NHS has provided universal, comprehensive healthcare free-at-the-point of use. Originally in a wheelchair as a clinical inpatient in neurorehabilitation at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, where he had been on the cognitive disorders and movement disorders firms in 2002, he completed his Graduate Diploma and Law and Bachelor of Law from BPP Law School in March 2009. He is therefore strongly committed to, and takes a keen personal interest in, the support of all sick professionals, including sick doctors.
In May 2012, Dr Shibley Rahman was the first person in his full-time cohort at BPP Business School to be awarded the Master of Business Administration, where his examination script on corporate social responsibility and strategy was highly commended (heavily influenced by Prof Michael Porter’s work on corporate strategy and society). He completed his MBA degree in 2012.
Dr Shibley Rahman has been an active member of the UK Labour Party since 2010, though he has always been a Labour voter from 1990 onwards. He had previously attended meetings of the Fabian Society, and indeed attended Conference in Manchester and in Liverpool in 2010 and 2011, respectively.
His official local constituency is the Holborn and St Pancras Ward, and he attended the last ever leadership hustings of Ed Miliband hosted by Frank Dobson MP at Haverstock Hill in September 2010. He has been a member of the Socialist Health Association since 2010, and been a member of Central Council since February 2013.
How to contact
Main Twitter here (@dr_shibley).