Dr Deepak Ravindran
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Deepak Ravindran is a pioneer in the making
Dr Deepak Ravindran has over 20 years of experience helping people overcome their pain both in the NHS and a private practice setting. He is one of the few consultants in the UK who holds dual certification in musculoskeletal and pain medicine. He has been a consultant in pain medicine for the last 10 years in one of the biggest district general hospitals, the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust in the UK. He is currently the clinical lead for the specialist pain services for all of West Berkshire since 2015.
Gain control of pain — before it gains control of us
Dr Deepak Ravindran is on a mission to interrogate the myths and flesh out the theories of pain management. Understanding that the science of pain management is complex – but doable, Dr Deepak Ravindran is a pioneer in the making. To rewire the brain and adopt a more holistic way of controlling pain and in some cases become pain-free, Dr Deepak Ravindran is a self-confessed ‘upstreamist’ with big plans!
We need to understand pain and consider that the drugs don’t (always) work
There are a lot of flawed beliefs on the topic of pain that occupy the present healthcare system and they often account for the worsening of a problem rather than helping it. Everything we are taught about pain must be unlearnt. With the explosion of this new robust knowledge, the need to step over the traditional barriers of bureaucracy and combine a biological and psychosocial approach is so essential.
Dr Deepak Ravindran is passionate about adopting a trauma-informed approach to healing pain. The time has come for integrating the conversation about the social determinants of health and our present healthcare system. We need to go upstream in order to manage treatment plans and gain control of pain — before it gains control of us. The need has come for all hospitals and specialist centers to adopt a trauma-informed approach to managing pain. We need to understand pain better and consider that drugs don’t (always) work.
Raise awareness, empower patients and provide new solutions
Chronic pain especially requires an approach that is not just about medications, injections, and surgery but also supporting health in its entirety—fully integrating self-management alongside expert support care when needed in a preventative approach. The work that Dr Deepak Ravindran performs in his clinical life as a doctor, educator, and speaker—is to raise awareness, empower patients and provide new solutions that enhance lifestyle, well-being and health.
Dr Deepak Ravindran is one of the few UK doctors with this unique suite of specialist skills and qualifications – and as a newly published author, certainly, a pain pioneer to watch.
Specialist skills include:
- Fellowship qualified in Anaesthesia 2005 from RCOA
- Diplomate in Regional Anaesthesia 2009
- Fellowship and qualified in Pain Medicine 2010 FFPMRCA
- Fellowship and qualified in Interventional Pain Practice 2012 FIPP
- Diplomate in Musculoskeletal Medicine 2015
- Diplomate in Lifestyle Medicine 2020 BSLM/IBLM
- BA Hons Applied Management (Henley Business School) 2022
- Chartered Manager – Chartered Management Institute (CMI) 2022
This course was part of the Govt Apprenticeship Grant Levy which meant that he was able to apply the learnings parallely into his workplace and be a better manager and leader.
He helped lead his team through the Pandemic and the recovery period. He helped bring in Digital pathways in his department and introduced the first ever completely digital Pain management programme (MyPAin) for his patients.
The crowning acheivement was in coauthoring a national position paper which was presented to the House of Lords in October 2020 to lobby for the set up of dedicated clinics to support Longcovid patients. This was supported and a national funding stream was released to faciliatate such services. Deepak then was able to lead and operationally manage a cross organisational team to help set up the Berkshire Longcovid Integrated service in December 2020.
All of this led to a nomination from Henley and he was awarded the South East Apprentice of the year by CMI in October 2020 and then went on to win the National Apprentice of the Year 2021.