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Consultants’ Book on Chronic Pain Management Receives Critical Acclaim

Dr Pradeep Ingle, Consultant in Chronic Pain and Anaesthesia, has co-authored a critically acclaimed book: ‘Chronic Pain Management’. The book was written alongside other clinical experts and was released last month in a charity event organised by ‘RISE’ foundation, which helps children in the UK who suffer from chronic pain.

Chronic or persistent pain is defined as pain which carries on despite medication or treatment. Most people recover following an injury or operation, but sometimes pain can carry on for longer or come on without any history of an injury or operation. Chronic pain can also affect people living with diabetes, arthritis, fibromyalgia, irritable bowel and back pain.

Dr Pradeep Ingle said: “This book will help medical professionals gain a sound understanding of chronic pain and advises on the diagnosis and management of various pain conditions they are likely to encounter in their practice. The book also discusses pain management in special populations and challenging situations and it covers other important topics in pain medicine, including issues relevant to primary care, pain medication, pain interventions and pain management in difficult times such as the Covid-19 pandemic.

“I’m really pleased that the book has been so well received. Reviews mention that it contains a good range of topics which are succinct and easy to understand and which have concise evidence-based practice recommendations. All the main authors of this book are involved in conducting various educational courses related to pain and anaesthesia in the UK, so I’m hopeful that it will be a very useful tool for anaesthesia trainees and that the simple and consistent style will make it an easy read.”

UHNM consultants Dr Harry Murally, Dr Rajini Sundararajan, Dr Ashok Puttappa and Dr Vanja Srbljak also contributed to the book, which covers topics relevant in day-to-day practice for various healthcare professionals such as Anaesthetists, ITU professionals, General Practitioners, Rheumatologists, Physicians, Surgeons, Junior Doctors involved in community and hospital pain management settings, Physiotherapists and Musculoskeletal Pain Practitioners, nursing staff and medical students.

Copies of the book can be ordered here.

Dr Pradeep Ingle

Advanced Regional Anaesthesia Fellowship Commencing August 2021

ST6/7 Trainees can apply for a six month Fellowship in Advanced Regional  Anaesthesia Training with a proposed start date of August 2021.  The postholder would spend 6 months at New Cross Hospital, Wolverhampton and they will facilitate day release to Oswestry on an honorary contract. You would be expected to complete other advanced general modules during this Fellowship.  Only Post Fellowship trainees in ST6 or ST7 are eligible to apply for the Fellowship, as it is important to get Advanced Regional modules signed off, which the RCoA prohibits in ST5.  Expressions of interest, in the form of a CV and personal statement outlining why you wish to undertake this Fellowship, must reach this office by the 31st January 2021 at the latest – stokeanaesthesia@uhnm.nhs.uk .  Interviews are likely to take place in February or March at a date to be advised.

The February 2022 post will be advertised in December 2021.

New Trainee Representative – Dr Yoshimi Ito

We are now in a position to announce our new Trainee Representative for the Stoke on Trent School of Anaesthesia:

Dr Yoshimi Ito.

Yoshi will join the prestigious Trainee Representative body, with Chris Clulow, Naomi Squires, Nikki Simpson  and Amit Bhagwat .

We wish her all the best in her new role .

Additional Support For Educational Courses Using Aspirational Leave

Dear Trainees

We would like to thank you for your contribution in helping with the unprecedented conditions which you are all facing. We are aware many of you have not have been able to access the usual courses, and would like to offer this once-only opportunity to apply for funding to support an additional qualification or skill.

We are intending to provide funding for up to £1000 each for up to 20 Post fellowship trainees to pursue a course. Applications will be through the normal aspirational leave route; therefore, this will require the support of your educational supervisor and College tutor. The application will be a competitive process, which will be judged on your commitment and contribution to the training programme, and your intended aims/reasons for doing the course. You will also need to show good progression through the training programme. Please detail this on a page of A4, accompanied by the completed  aspirational leave form which should be forwarded to me or Paul Jones for review. It is hoped the process of allocation, and reimbursement will be completed before the end of March 2021.

Applications may also be considered for funding towards courses that are already in progress.

 Any queries to Drs. Edmends or Jones.

Closing date: 18th December 2020

Shireen Edmends

Head of school

Email: shireen.edmends@uhnm.nhs.uk

Paul Jones

TPD Study leave

Email: paul.jones33@nhs.net

Fundraising Consultant To Tackle Snowdon – Three Months After Surviving Covid-19

A Consultant Anaesthetist from the Royal Stoke University Hospital is taking on Wales’ highest point just three months after surviving COVID-19.

Dr Murali Vallabhaneni, Consultant Anaesthetist from the University Hospitals of North Midlands (UHNM) found himself needing the care of colleagues after becoming ill with the virus at the beginning of May.

After spending two weeks in the Critical Care Unit (CCU) at Royal Stoke, Dr Vallabhaneni will be scaling Mount Snowdon on Saturday 15 August to raise funds for UHNM Charity and thank the staff who saved his life.  

Dr Vallabhaneni said: “At the beginning of May I started to feel unwell with severe head and body aches, so went into self-isolation. Around a week later my condition deteriorated, and I started to develop severe shortness of breath, so called for an ambulance.

“I was considered to be very poorly, so was admitted to the CCU at Royal Stoke, where I was given hi-flow oxygen. Unfortunately my oxygen levels became dangerously low, so it was decided to put me on a ventilator.”    

Dr Vallabhaneni, who provides anaesthetic services to Critical Care, Oncology and Vascular patients, spent five days on the ventilator before being considered well enough to be weaned off it.

He said: “My condition had deteriorated significantly, enough so to give my colleagues a very anxious three days. When I woke up I was very weak and unable to perform even simple tasks, so was totally reliant on the care of the Critical Care staff. I stayed on CCU for a further four days before finally being discharged from hospital after three weeks.”

Speaking about his recovery, Dr Vallabhaneni said: “During the same period my wife also tested positive for COVID-19 and started to self-isolate, so it was very challenging for my two children who had to look after themselves more. When I got home I was very short of breath, even walking short distances left me breathless. I’d lost 10kg and had severe muscle wasting.

“My Critical Care colleagues said it would take up to four months to get back to normal and return to work, but I was determined to work hard and make an early recovery. The support I received over the next few weeks from my wife, children, friends and colleagues was immense and invaluable, and I made significant improvements. 

Dr Vallabhaneni is planning to make the 3,559 foot trek to the summit of Snowdon with his 13-year-old son Rohan and colleagues from UHNM.

Dr Vallabhaneni added: “Throughout my Critical Care stay, the staff on the Unit were incredible. Despite working in difficult conditions wearing full PPE, they continued to perform their duties and provided the highest quality of care to all patients, including myself. I decided to attempt my Snowdon climb as wanted to challenge myself and raise as much money as possible to improve the working environment and patient experience on the Unit that did so much for me.”  

Donations to Dr Vallabhaneni’s appeal can be made online here.

If you would like to fundraise for UHNM Charity visit www.uhnmcharity.org.uk for more information, or call 01782 676444 to speak to one of the UHNM Charity team.

UHNM – Trainer & Trainee COVID Response Awards

UHNM’s post-graduate team have been busy rewarding colleagues who ‘stepped up’ during the pandemic. There was an overwhelming response to the plea for nominations and trainers and trainees from across the Trust have been recognised.

More than 20 nominations were received in the trainee teams category, with a further 15 individual trainees nominated for their hard work and dedication during the last five months.

Dr Will Carroll, Consultant Paediatrician, said: “The last four months have been extraordinary and we wanted to do something to recognise our trainee doctors and congratulate them for their immense efforts in supporting the hospital.  I have been overwhelmed by the response, particularly from our consultants, who have expressed how grateful they have been to the teams.”

He added: “Our trainees, together with FY1 medical students, gave up their time and came in early and they deserve to be given recognition for the quality patient care they have been able to provide at such a challenging time.”

Dr Prabhjoyt Kler (pictured below) received numerous nominations and was recognised for her work ethic and compassion.

She said: “I would like to thank every person who took the time to nominate me for this award. I am amazed by the kindness that has been shown. I am only a small part of the amazing teams I have worked with and they have been inspirational in their efforts to get through this pandemic. It has been a pleasure to work alongside so many fantastic colleagues and consultants who are the true winners of this award.”

See the full list of winners …

Trainee Prize

Haematology middle grade
Ward 14
Infectious Diseases
Cardiology Registrars
Cardiology Junior Trainees
Paediatric Trainees
Cardiology Juniors
Critical Care Trainees
Anaesthetic and Critical Care Trainees
Paediatric Middle Grade
Cardiology Trainees
ED SHO group
Ophthalmology Trainees
Anaesthetic Trainees
Elderly Care
PICU Juniors
Harplands Ward 5
Urology and Vascular Registrars

Individual Trainees

Hinesh Patel: Anaesthetics
Helen McCreedy (FiY1)
Jaimie Marchall (FiY1)
Andrew Dickson (CT2)
Prabhjoyt Kler (ST5 anaesthetics)
Mohanad Elhassan
William Osborne
Laura Kocierz
Steve Lord
Edwin Halliday
Rosa Sun
Freya Dulson
Benjamin Rowlands
Ben Clarke

Trainer Team

COVID-19 Taskforce – Theatres
PICU and General Consultants
Anaesthesia and Theatre PDT
Jointly awarded: PICU, COVID Taskforce


Dr John Alexander
Dr Diane Barker
Dr Duckett
Dr Adam Farmer
Miss Aideen Walsh
Dr Zia Din
Mr Jinesh Shah

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