Senior Lecturer and Consultant Pharmacist
University of Huddersfield
Mahendra is a pharmacist and senior lecturer at Huddersfield University. He is also Honorary Research Fellow at Bradford University with published work in the BMJ. Since graduating and gaining his PhD, his career has spanned community practice, health promotion, academia, research, guideline development and voluntary work. His specialist interest revolves around the health status of black and minority ethnic groups and health inequalities -- especially relating to cardiovascular disease and diabetes, and barriers to accessing treatment. In his professional role, Mahendra was nominated in 2006 to represent the South Asian Health Foundation as its northern lead in the development of the NICE clinical guideline on medicines adherence - resulting in evidence based, best practice recommendations to helping NHS staff deliver high quality care. His work with Sheffield PCT contributed to the success of the Champions for Achieving Better health in Sheffield (CABS) Project - recently acknowledged in the post-2010 Marmot Review. Mahendra is a member of the British Heart Foundation's Ethnic Health Strategy Committee and Heart Health Editorial Board. He helped develop and deliver their Health Advocates Programme nationally, culminating in producing the Healthy Hearts Tool-kit. As Advisor to the BHF in Pharmacy and BME issues, he facilitated provision of vascular health screening programmes across diverse community settings. In 2009, he was appointed professional ambassador for NHS Evidence. In his role as Consultant Pharmacist and Pharmacy Academic Lead for the NIHR CLRN (NHS) - Yorkshire, Mahendra is responsible for encouraging portfolio research among pharmacists.
As a NICE Fellow, Mahendra will continue to develop his current activities with greater strength and depth by working more closely with the various organisations including PCTs locally and nationally - ultimately to help achieve better quality healthcare accessible by all. He aims to help further advocate and support NICE's Medicines Adherence Guidelines by extensive collaboration with healthcare practitioners involved in the prescribing and dispensing of medicines. As ambassador for NHS Evidence, Mahendra intends to promote its easy to access, high quality information source by creating a staged model of NHS Evidence Student Champions across a number of universities and healthcare faculties. Senior academics and researchers will be also targeted alongside voluntary and non-voluntary organisations, with a view to presenting the benefits of NHS Evidence at national and international conferences.
This page was last updated: 07 April 2010