Shafik Sachedina, in his capacity as Head of the Department of Jamati Institutions at the Secretariat of His Highness the Aga Khan at Aiglemont in France, coordinates the programs and studies for the Ismaili Community. He also works with the Aga Khan Development Network for the Ismaili community in Central Asia. He is also a member of the Board of Governors of the Institute.
Dr. Shafik Sachedina began his career as a Dental Surgeon and completed his dental education at Guy’s Hospital Medical and Dental School, University of London. He also developed an interest in the healthcare field that piqued his entrepreneurial interest. His work with the Institution and community is in keeping with the long standing tradition of voluntary service.
He is also the founder, owner and Joint Chair of Sussex Health Care. The organization is a group of independently owned and governed homes providing care that focuses care measures for the elderly, specifically those with Alzheimer Disease and other related forms of Dementia. The homes are located in West Sussex. The company was established more than 30 years ago and has provided care for more than 300,000 people. The homes are operated by a group of specialists who help to care for those with acquired brain injuries and neurological disabilities.
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Through Shafik Sachedina leadership, the company has also established a daycare/outreach service center in the Broadbridge Health Village. The facility offers outreach placement, as well as residential options and respite care for those with brain damage and neurological conditions. The home has 24 hour staff that is experienced, an emergency call system, holistic therapy, a specialized gym and a wide variety of activities. The local doctors are on call at all times and visit the home on a regular basis. The home contains ground floor accommodations for a maximum of 10 people and a game room, sitting and visiting area, kitchen and dining area.
In 2015, Sussex Healthcare awarded 6 of the healthcare students with a level 5 diploma in professional practice and social care according to sussexhealthcare.org. The students attended workshops held monthly and the work they undertook was 50 percent work based in order to allow them time to study and work at the organization. The students who possessed a Registered Level 4 Managers award were allowed to pursue higher education and study for a higher degree such as a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree. Sussex Healthcare also offers customized care services. They are also an accredited healthcare provider.