Llandudno Hospital Elderly Care Consultant Awarded “Professional Excellence”
AN ELDERLY CARE CONSULTANT received the Professional Excellence Award from the British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (BAPIO).
Dr Anil Mane is based at Llandudno General Hospital.
He is described as a “very popular” clinical teacher, has been commended by Cardiff University and received the best clinical teacher award by the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB) two years ago.
Responding to his reaction to the honor, Dr Mane, who has worked at Llandudno General Hospital for three years, said: “It was a moment of immense pleasure. I felt I was recognized for all the hard work that has been done over the past 35 years in the profession.
“My life has been difficult for many reasons such as illness, disability, marital problems, etc. But after all the obstacles there was a ray of light.
“My distinction is a physical award and it was accompanied by a certificate.”
Dr Mane’s medical career began in 1978 when he entered a prestigious medical school in Pune, India.
“After I graduated, I took a postgraduate program in internal medicine,” explained Dr Mane.
“It was the hardest training in the world. For the three consecutive years, we lived in the hospital where my ward and intensive care unit were located. We worked 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365.5 days a year without a single minute of work or site stoppage. There was no holiday. There were no weekends or holidays. It was a highly competitive world in which discipline, service, duty and sacrifice were valued and nurtured.
“We didn’t complain. It was part of life and part of a career.
“After three years we had a very difficult exam called MD. We also had to do research and write a thesis. Then I worked as a Senior Registrar / Medical Teacher for about six years before I became an Associate Professor. I received an award there for a research project on pulmonary function and cardiac images in echocardiography.
“I always wanted to have the highest, world-class medical degree, so I came to Ireland and passed two exams – MRCP and MRCPI. I majored in internal medicine with an interest in the care of the elderly.
“If I had wanted to, I would have become an organ specialist like a cardiologist or neurologist, but I enjoyed the care of the elderly the most.
Dr Mane underwent the “Diploma of Medicine for the Elderly” examination in 2000.
He added: “I became a consultant geriatrician in 2003 in Northern Ireland, then moved to Lincolnshire in 2004 and joined Bangor hospital in 2015.
“I have a keen interest in teaching and received the BCUHB ‘Clinical Teacher Award’ in 2017.”
Dr Mane, who has a son who is a junior doctor and works in Melbourne, has written books on medical emergencies and the interpretation of arterial blood gas analysis. The latter was released only a few months ago.
Although a consultant in the care of the elderly, Dr Mane has a keen interest in cardiology, neurology and acute medicine. Its clinical sub-specialty is “Falls in the Elderly”.
He first established the ‘Falls Clinics’ in 2005 and is now working with Cardiff University to set up courses for ‘Falls in the Elderly’.
He said: “We are an aging society. About 18-25% of our population is elderly. One third to half of them fall each year and 10 percent of fallers need hospitalization. The majority of the elderly patients we see are either admitted with falls or have a history of falls.
“This creates a burden on the NHS and resources. Much of the fall can be avoided. Falls can lead to major fractures, trauma, head trauma, brain hemorrhages, aspiration pneumonia, bedsores, burns, rhabdomyolysis, nerve palsies, hypothermia, etc.
“I have been running the clinics specializing in falls since 2004. Our results are encouraging.
“The topic of falls in the elderly requires special attention in medical programs.
“We are planning to do a short course on falls in the elderly. This course is primarily intended for doctors and paramedics.
Dr Mane gave an overview of how he and his co-workers had coped with the pandemic.
He said: “It was difficult for many reasons. I was at medium risk of death with the Covid. Fear had taken hold of everything. I was protected for a while.
“My supervisors and colleagues have helped me a lot in this area: Dr Chatterjee, Dr Alexander, Dr Bowen and Karin Howorth.
“Without their goodwill, I would have had to face a lot of medical difficulties.
“I have been vaccinated. We also use PPE now and we are protecting ourselves, patients and colleagues.”
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