Dr Mahalingam is a Consultant Psychiatrist in Substance Misuse at Derby Drug and Alcohol Recovery Service (DDARS), provided by the Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, one of the few NHS-led addiction services in the country. He works with patients who take drugs and/or alcohol.
He was shortlisted for the RCPsych Psychiatrist of the year 2018. He secured funding for in-house provision of Tele-ECG, which is now implemented across the Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. Dr Mahalingam has worked with the Trust’s management in facilitating two ways of sharing of the substance misuse patient record with Primary Care for effective and efficient delivery of care.
Dr Mahalingam facilitated access to Pathology reports and discharge summaries from the inpatient medical and surgical wards to all the Nurses and Prescribers working in DDARS, and he worked with the management team, developing an ongoing ‘high-risk physical health co-morbidity service users’ list within DDARS to manage physical health co-morbidities effectively.