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Rajiv Dhir

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2022 - 2023 Clinical Champions Community
Leading Diabetes Care Innovation

Lead Pharmacist, NHS South West London CCG

 

Introduction

I am a Lead pharmacist at South West London Clinical Commissioning Group (SWL CCG) in London. I work with a team of pharmacists in the medicines optimisation team, and as part of this role I lead on diabetes from a medicines management perspective across South West London. Much of my work with diabetes centres on developing guidelines, delivering training, working with clinicians to overcome barriers to optimising and titrating treatment in patients with poorly controlled diabetes. I have a particular interest in the management of diabetes in frail and older people. 

Outside of work I enjoy travelling, reading and spending time trying to keep up with my two young sons! 

What gifts, strengths, or unique experiences do you intend to bring to your development work? 

One of my strengths is being open to try new things in my quest to improve my personal development. I have tried meditation and enjoyed this practice as well as journaling. I am hoping that I can also learn from other people’s experience of what has helped them in their journey to improve their personal development. I do enjoy reading books about self-development and would enjoy sharing ideas and making recommendations to colleagues of which books and podcasts I have personally found useful.

What area of change are you currently passionate about in diabetes care? 

I am passionate about optimising treatment in frail and older patients living with type 2 diabetes who are more prone to hypoglycaemia and its consequences. Often their glycaemic targets and de-escalation of therapies are not regularly reviewed when they become increasingly frail. 

What most excites you about this journey?

To be able to share ideas and meet with likeminded colleagues who have an interest in improving diabetes care as well as improving their personal development. 

 

2019 - 2021 Clinical Champions

Deputy Chief Pharmacist, Wandsworth CCG

In his role as one of our Clinical Champions, Rajiv will be looking at prescribing in the frail and elderly population with type 2 diabetes. The aim of the project is to reduce the risk of hypoglycaemia and treatment-related harm, for example fall-related fractures, and improve the quality of life for people with moderate or severe frailty.

Background

Rajiv has been a pharmacist for over 24 years. He started his career working in community pharmacy before working in various roles in primary care, before taking on a role as Deputy Chief Pharmacist at Wandsworth Clinical Commissioning Group. The main focus of this role is to maximise benefit and minimise risk associated with medicines, as well as making the best use of resources allocated for prescribing. 

Rajiv has a specific interest in diabetes and has completed diploma level modules on diabetes in primary care at Kings College London. Being a member of the various local diabetes committees allows him to develop and shape policies to help patients and clinicians manage type 2 diabetes. Recently he has been involved with working with GPs and nurses to overcome barriers to optimising treatment in patients with poorly controlled diabetes. The role involves engaging with healthcare professionals across all sectors, as well as with patients, to make a positive impact on patient care.

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