Professor Bim Bhowmick OBE DL
Bevan Commission Member
Professor Bim Bhowmick has been delivering excellence and innovation in Geriatric Medicine within the NHS for over 48 years.
Since 2006 he has developed and implemented the 'Bhowmick Innovative Model' (BIM) with the aim of bringing acute medical care to elderly patients in their own homes and thus reduce bed blocking and introduce significant cost savings. The scheme has been successful in a number of Trusts in Wales and is currently being rolled out at the Warrington and Halton Hospitals Foundation Trust. The 'BIM' has won the UK BUPA Charity Medical Research prize and was a finalist for the BMJ Awards.
Professor Bhowmick was an Emeritus Consultant Physician for the Elderly in Glan Clwyd Hospital in North Wales, Clinical Director of Medicine and Associate Postgraduate Dean, Wales. He was elected a Councillor and Censor for the Royal College of Physicians, London and was also a Senior MRCP examiner for over 20 years. He helped to initiate and chair the Equality and Diversity Committee of the Royal College of Physicians.
In 1991, he created an academic department of geriatric medicine at Glan Clwyd, a first for a rural DGH. He was a key architect in the development of postgraduate medical education and training for Welsh trainees and chaired the Standing Committee for Medical Education for over a decade. He held the post of 'Medical Director of Welsh Asylum Seeker and Refugee Doctors for Resettlement' for a number of years.
In 2003, Cardiff University conferred on him a Personal Chair and the Fellowship of the University. Glyndwr University in Wrexham awarded him a Fellowship for public service and made him a Governor in 2006.
Professor Bhowmick pioneered stroke services development in Wales and created the Welsh Association of Stroke Physicians (WASP). In recognition of his contribution WASP created the 'Bim Bhowmick Lecture' and every year an internationally renowned stroke specialist is invited to address the Stroke Conference in his name.
In 2009 Professor Bhowmick received the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award from NHS Wales. He has been awarded a Welsh Government Recognising Achievement Award and was a runner up for the Bevan Prize for his outstanding contribution to health and wellbeing of the elderly.
In recognition of his contribution to the development of Elderly Care Services in Wales, Professor Bhowmick was awarded the OBE in 2000. He was bestowed with the ‘Founders Medal’ by the British Geriatrics Society in 2005 – the highest honour given by the Society for distinguished service. He has received the Diamond Jubilee Medal for Public Services and has also held the title of Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Clwyd.
Professor Bhowmick has published his memoirs, You Can't Climb A Ladder With Your Hands In Your Pockets, which details his life's journey from a child refugee in Partition era India to a successful career as a doctor in the UK.