Meet Pankaj, who is standing for Trustee election
Consultant Dermatologist (Locum)
County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust
I qualified from India 15 years ago and for the last 3 years have worked in the NHS. My area of interest is inflammatory ulcers. In my secondary care practice, I see wide-ranging leg ulcers of varying etiologies, such as vascular insufficiency, vasculitis, infections, lymphedema, pyoderma gangrenosum and diabetic and haematological origin. No two patients are alike. Ulcer management is challenging and requires an expertise of a medical professional to diagnose, investigate thoroughly, strategise management and then hand over the patient to a tissue viability team for follow-up. In this process, we must empower the patient or their carer to look after their wounds/ulcers and adopt lifestyle changes pertinent to wound healing. This domain works on a multi-disciplinary input; each team member knows their responsibility.
As a consultant who works with specialist nurses within the department, I also liaise with tissue viability nurses in the community. I have already seen excellent results in some patients with chronic leg ulcers and peristomal granulomas, which exemplifies how one could use a nurse-physician partnership for holistic patient care. I am in an excellent position to foster the relationship further, propagate new ideas at the workplace, and design a new service for wound management in the region.
I would be excited to be a part of the SoTV Board of Trustees and put my knowledge to good use.