Bimala Sharma-Dharel

Meet Bimala, who is standing for Trustee election

Role/Job Title

Tissue Viability Clinical Nurse Specialist

Organisation

Cleveland Clinic London

Brief CV

With experience that spans 25 years across two continents, my career encapsulates a diverse bank of knowledge, from three transformative years in Nepal to 22 years of dedicated service in the UK as a registered nurse and tissue viability nurse specialist. My diverse career has spanned nursing homes, private sectors, social enterprises and the NHS, consistently championing patient-centered care and educating and empowering multidisciplinary teams. I have worked closely with nurses, healthcare assistants, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and medical students, fostering a collaborative approach to healthcare. Additionally, I actively participate in local community events to promote fitness and healthy living, demonstrating my commitment to holistic care.

My journey in tissue viability began in 2012 after completing a Tissue Viability module, which ignited my passion for this specialty. Transitioning from a part-time TVN role to a full-time position after further specialisation, I have developed and led nurse-led services for patients with complex, non-healing wounds. This experience highlighted the significant psychosocial impacts on treatment adherence, motivating me to pursue an MSc in Clinical Skin Integrity and Wound Management. This advanced education has deepened my understanding of evidence-based, patient-centered care and provided me with skills in counselling, mindfulness, and cognitive behaviour therapy, enhancing my ability to meet patients’ emotional and social needs.

At Cleveland Clinic, I lead the tissue viability service, collaborating with consultants and multidisciplinary teams to develop and deliver education, training, and competency programmes for caregivers. This role has involved creating and implementing mandatory training on wound and pressure ulcer prevention and management, ensuring that all staff are equipped with the necessary skills to provide high-quality care. My experience in facilitating seamless collaboration across departments will be invaluable in promoting continuity of care, a critical aspect of effective tissue viability management.

My unwavering dedication to wound care has led to the development of local guidelines and proactive strategies, significantly reducing pressure ulcers and enhancing patient outcomes locally and nationally. My innovative tissue viability approach has improved patient care.

As a Trustee for the Society I will leverage my extensive experience in education, strategic thinking and collaborative leadership to benefit the organisation. My background in clinical excellence and my passion for evidence-based practice will help drive the Society’s mission forward. I am committed to sharing my knowledge and skills to enhance the quality of wound care and to support the professional development of TVNs across the country.

My role at Cleveland Clinic, coupled with my previous experiences at Guys and St. Thomas Hospital, Homerton University Hospital, and Accelerate CIC has prepared me to contribute effectively to the Society. I have a proven track record of leading successful initiatives, developing innovative solutions and fostering a culture of continuous improvement.

I am excited about the opportunity to serve as a Trustee and to contribute to the advancement of tissue viability nursing. My journey has been one of continual learning and passionate advocacy for improved patient care and I look forward to bringing these insights and energies to your esteemed organisation.