Top po­si­tion to make strides in healthcare

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ARESEARCHE­R from Edge Hill Univer­sity has been ap­pointed to a lead­ing role with the So­ci­ety of Car­dio­tho­racic Surgery for Great Bri­tain and Ire­land to drive for­ward im­prove­ments in healthcare.

Dr Bhu­vanaswari Bi­bler­aaj, se­nior lec­turer in Pe­ri­op­er­a­tive Stud­ies and a key mem­ber of the Univer­sity’s Health Re­search In­sti­tute (HRI), has been ap­pointed to na­tional chair for the nurs­ing and al­lied health pro­fes­sions arm of the so­ci­ety.

Founded in 1934, the so­ci­ety was ini­tially de­voted to the prac­tice of thoracic surgery, which at that time was mostly for tu­ber­cu­lo­sis.

To­day it is the rep­re­sen­ta­tive body for car­dio­tho­racic surgery in Great Bri­tain and Ire­land and strives to in­flu­ence the di­rec­tion of ed­u­ca­tion and devel­op­ment of sur­geons-in­train­ing and re­lated health care pro­fes­sion­als as well as en­cour­ag­ing new con­cepts and ideas to en­hance fu­ture prac­tice.

Speak­ing about her ap­point­ment, she said: “I’m de­lighted to be given this role, which is piv­otal in shap­ing ser­vice delivery in car­dio­tho­racic surgery as the spe­cial­ity moves away from the tra­di­tional med­i­cal model to multi-dis­ci­plinary teams with NAHPs at the core of pa­tient care.

“When I of­fi­cially take up the post, I’ll be lead­ing six main strate­gies, around ed­u­ca­tional devel­op­ment, re­search and in­no­va­tion, in­ter­na­tional col­lab­o­ra­tion, na­tional work­force plan­ning, mem­ber­ship, pa­tient ex­pe­ri­ence and out­comes.

“This work will help us to con­tin­u­ously im­prove the qual­ity of healthcare that our mem­bers de­liver to pa­tients.”

Dr Bi­bler­aaj has 20 years’ ex­pe­ri­ence as a sur­gi­cal prac­ti­tioner and her re­search fo­cuses on train­ing fu­ture prac­ti­tion­ers in key­hole surgery.

She was cho­sen as one of the NHS North West’s re­search Won­der Women in 2019.

Her re­search in­ter­ests fo­cus on clin­i­cal out­comes and cost-ef­fec­tive­ness in car­dio­tho­racic surgery pa­tients.

She has com­pleted ten clin­i­cal tri­als and pub­lished in high im­pact jour­nals. She is cur­rently work­ing on de­vel­op­ing a struc­tured train­ing pro­gramme for key­hole con­duit har­vest­ing in car­diac surgery.

The univer­sity’s Fac­ulty of Health, So­cial Care and Medicine is one of the largest providers of health and so­cial care ed­u­ca­tion in the North West and home to the new Edge Hill Med­i­cal School.

To find out more about cour­ses on of­fer and the work of re­searchers from the univer­sity’s HRI, visit www.edge­hill.ac.uk

Dr Bhu­vanaswari Bi­bler­aaj, se­nior lec­turer in Pe­ri­op­er­a­tive Stud­ies and a key mem­ber of the Univer­sity’s Health Re­search In­sti­tute (HRI), is tak­ing a lead­ing role with the So­ci­ety of Car­dio­tho­racic Surgery for GB and Ire­land

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