Formerly Consultant Psychiatrist, Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health National Health Service Trust
Jawad was born in Pakistan on 30 September 1954. He studied medicine at the University of Karachi and qualified MBBS as a doctor in 1978. After completing his house jobs in Pakistan, he moved to England in 1982 to begin a career in psychiatry. He started his career in the UK as a senior house officer in Harlow before joining the rotational training scheme in Nottingham from December 1983 to July 1986. He then moved to Birmingham where he completed his training.
He obtained the DPM in 1986, the MSc from the University of Birmingham in 1986 and the MRCPsych in 1987. He was appointed a consultant in Solihull in 1991 and an Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer at the University of Birmingham in 1997. In 2000 he was appointed Medical Director of Solihull Healthcare NHS Trust, leading up to the merger with South Birmingham Mental Health Trust. He liked to take on new responsibilities and these included working as a member of the Parole Board and as a clinical advisor for the Healthcare Commission. He also worked for the mental health review tribunal and as an examiner for the Royal College of Psychiatrists.
Jawad had an interest in mixed marriages, which was no doubt prompted by his own marriage to Maria in 1984 (Maria was born in England and is of Polish descent and a Roman Catholic). He had many interests outside psychiatry: he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, and going to the theatre. He read widely and loved sports, particularly cricket, following the fortunes of Pakistan cricket very closely. Patients and colleagues alike appreciated his natural warmth, enthusiasm and good humour.
Tragically, he developed cancer and during his year-long illness he reacted with characteristic determination and resilience, even returning to work for a period while continuing with chemotherapy.
He died on 21 July 2008. He leaves behind him his wife, Maria, and their two daughters, Katrina and Anneka.
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