Bradford anaesthetist receives prestigious American award

A doctor from Bradford Teaching Hospitals has received a prestigious international award for his work with patients who suffer from chronic pain.

Consultant Anaesthetist Dr Sanjeeva Gupta, who works at Bradford Royal Infirmary and St Luke’s Hospital, part of Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, was presented with the accolade for his contribution to the field of interventional pain medicine from the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP).

Dr Gupta received the honour during the ASIPP’s 21st annual meeting in Las Vegas, USA, last month.

He said: “I was pleasantly surprised to be chosen by the ASIPP board to be presented with their outstanding contribution award as it recognizes those who have contributed to the specialty in very meaningful ways.

Regenerative medicine

“During my time in America, I also got to learn more about new developments in interventional pain medicine, including the role of regenerative medicine and endoscopic procedures in managing patients with chronic pain.

“It was a great honour to be invited by the ASIPP as they are a very well-recognised society in the field of interventional pain medicine.”

During his visit, Dr Gupta also presented a keynote speech on interventional pain medicine in the UK in front of 900 delegates, which was described by an ASIPP spokesperson as “enlightened and educated”.

He also presented three scientific posters, including one which introduced a new technique he has created to administer epidural steroid injections for sciatica.


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Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust:

Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is responsible for providing hospital services for the people of Bradford and communities across Yorkshire. We serve a core population of around 500,000 and provide specialist services for 1.1 million people.

Our 5,500 staff work over several sites, including Bradford Royal Infirmary, which provides the majority of inpatient services, and St Luke’s Hospital, which predominantly provides outpatient and rehabilitation services. We also manage local community hospitals at Westwood Park, Westbourne Green, and Eccleshill.

In early 2017, a new £28 million wing opened at Bradford Royal Infirmary, part of a £75m investment to improve patient care across our hospitals over a five-year period. It provides world-class facilities for elderly care, children’s services, a state-of-the-art intensive care unit with increased single-room provision and a retail concourse.

The new wing is a continuation of our work to improve patient experience after our new £2 million neonatal unit officially opened in January 2015. Our maternity services were recently shortlisted for the Royal College of Midwives’ (RCM) Midwifery Service of the Year Award, recognising excellence and innovation in the provision of maternity care.

In 2017, we also completed a £2m refurbishment of our Emergency Department (ED) as part of an ambitious vision to create a more efficient acute medicine service for the people of Bradford. It has been designed to provide a slicker and more efficient service, with faster senior clinical involvement at an early stage in the patient pathway.

As a teaching hospital, we are at the forefront of education and development in healthcare, and have an excellent reputation for research performance. We are one of the leading centres in conducting applied research in the country, particularly in quality and safety, elderly care and rehabilitation.

The Trust is home to the Bradford Institute for Health Research (BIHR) where researchers have led the development, validation and implementation of the award-winning Bradford Electronic Frailty Index (eFI) which helps calculate an elderly person’s risk of disability, impairment, falls and complications of chronic diseases, as well as their diminishing independence and capability. This is now being used by 98 per cent of all GPs across the country.

Our award-winning Ophthalmology department is home to numerous worldwide clinical trials taking the lead in eye care research and we are one of only three sites in the United Kingdom to be enlisted in the Perioperative Enhanced Recovery Hip Fracture Care of Patients with Dementia (PERFECTED) study, which will investigate how the NHS can introduce better standards of care to improve outcomes for people with dementia.

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