Health and Care’s Top 70 Stars

Dr Firdaus Adenwalla

Dr Adenwalla has worked in elderly care medicine in Neath Port Talbot Hospital and the surrounding community for the last fifteen years. During this time he has developed and led a truly inspirational multidisciplinary team for the care of older patients in this community. He is a highly respected team member, who demonstrates the Health Board Values in all of his dealings with both patients and colleagues.

Dr Adenwalla is the leader of the Acute Clinical Team that provides support to acutely unwell patients in their own home, thus preventing hospital admission and maintaining their dignity in their own familiar environment. Being cared for at home avoids the harms of in-patient deconditioning and potential risk of infections associated with a hospital stay. Thanks to this team hundreds of patients have been able to be cared for at home, with their loved ones, belongings and memories all around them; this recognition of patients as individuals is a hallmark of Dr. Adenwalla’s care.

Dr. Adenwalla is an unassuming and gentle man, whose commitment to this team is exemplary. He provides support to his colleagues far beyond any contracted requirements-he is truly available both day and night to provide hands on support to patients and staff, often working evenings, weekends and bank holidays which he is not contracted for. He is a clinical expert and passionate about holistic care of the frail elderly.

Dr Adenwalla is an approachable and humble man who is always willing to support and advise colleagues. He is an inspirational and positive role model for other doctors, nurses and colleagues, showing how to provide high quality patient centred care.

Dr Adenwalla is highly admired by his primary and secondary care colleagues and he has developed trainees in appreciation of the holistic assessment of the older patient. He supports learning from experience through leading the Neath Port Talbot Delivery Unit Mortality and Morbidity review, thus supporting others to reflect on and develop their practice. In order to improve care, he has also developed (in partnership with our Advanced Nurse Practitioner Team) multi- disciplinary training on caring for frail elderly patients.

Dr Adenwalla is a champion of frail elderly patients, ensuring that their needs are considered when services are planned or changed. He is innovative and has had the vision to introduce point of care testing thus facilitating rapid diagnostics in a patient’s own home. He also leads the Elderly Day Unit hospital service which again supports many patients in a familiar environment and allows for rapid assessment, diagnosis and treatment of patients in a timely and ambulatory manner. There is compelling evidence that rates of hospital admission of elderly patients in the area that Dr Adenwalla serves have decreased with the development of these services and are lower than other local comparator areas. This has a huge impact on the wider healthcare community and benefits the acute hospitals.

During his tenure as Clinical Director of Medicine he was instrumental in the development of advanced nurse practitioner roles and supportive of the role of physician associates. The changes made in Neath Port Talbot are inspirational and have the potential to have a much wider impact on a national level with the current demographic pressures facing society.

Dr Adenwalla has shared his learning both nationally and internationally and he is recognised as a national leader in his field. His links in the Indian Subcontinent have also been vital for attracting medical graduates to work in this area.

Neath Port Talbot is enormously fortunate to have a clinician of Dr Adenwalla’s ability and integrity caring for our patients. The impact of his work not only affects the patients whom he has cared for, but has also positively influenced colleagues who have worked alongside him to aspire to provide excellent care.  He has the respect of patients, staff and his medical colleagues and is truly an inspirational individual who is a great asset to the Health Board.

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