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Dr Bharat Pankhania

Senior Clinical Lecturer (E&S)

 Medical School Building F.11


Medical School Building, St Luke's Campus, Magdalen Road, Exeter, EX1 2LU, UK

 Office hours:

I work part time and my normal working days, when I am physically present at Exeter Medical School are: Mondays and Tuesdays. 


I am interested in Health Protection / Communicable Disease Control. My enthusiasm is for primary prevention of illness. A better public health for all. I am a firm believer and proponent of living in harmony with the environment and I see better health and wellbeing as a function of living in a sustainable safe environment.

Having worked in Public Health Medicine for over 25 years, I feel, better health is often derived by a better informed population, able to make their own judgements and decisions.

Education for me is thus the main empowering agent for better health. 

I taught myself and as an educationalist, I have always enjoyed teaching and imparting new knowledge to others. I am very interested in how people learn and new learning / teaching techniques, especially via the medium of the internet. 

As a Consultant in Communicable Disease Control, I have worked with the National team on developing web based surveillance system for Pandemic Influenza monitoring as well as a surveillance for Gastro Intestinal Infections. 

I have done a lot of work on respiratory infections, Tuberculosis management, prevention, control and large scale screening exercises. I lead on Legionella investigations in sensitive areas, such as hospital settings and hotels. I was the subject matter expert for these communicable diseases. 

Teaching, training and mentoring have always been my forte and something I really enjoy, supporting and taking my fellow students through their training programme and mentoring them afterwards too. I was the training lead for Health Protection at my local Public Health England, SW Region. 

In the recent past, I have been the Faculty Advisor SW Region for the Faculty of Public Health and currently am an examiner for their Part B examination for the last 7 years. 

I have worked as a Consultant in Communicable Disease Control, for the former Health Authorities, the former Health Protection Agency and finally Public Health England. 

Before training in Public Health Medicine, I trained in General Practice and thereafter also did a Respiratory Medicine, Haematology and Dermatology training rotation. 


Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MB Bch): University of Wales, College of Medicine. 1985

Membership Royal College of General Practitioners (MRCGP): Royal College of General Practice. 1989

Diploma Geriatric Medicine (DGM): Royal College of Physicians. 1990

Diploma in Child Health (DCH): Royal College of Physicians. 1992

Membership Faculty of Public Health Medicine (MFPHM): Royal College of Physicians. 1999

Fellowship Faculty of Public Health (FFPH): Royal College of Physicians. 2007



External Engagement and Impact

External Examiner Positions

University of Birmingham: External Examiner, Intercalated Bsc in Public / Global Health.

National Recruitment for Training in Public Health.

Faculty of Public Health: Part B Examiner.

Evidence of impact on policy and professional practice

Elected representative: British Medical Association Public Health Medicine Committee.

Faculty of Public Health: Curriculum Development Committee member. 

Invited lectures & workshops

Imperial University: Masters in Public Health; Health Protection Module

University of Bristol, Medical School: Undergraduate Teaching

University of Bristol, Medical School: Intercalating Global Health Bachelors degree. 


Always an enthusiastic teacher. I like to introduce new ideas and concepts to my students. I like to make difficult topics easier to understand and master.

I train and tutor trainees in Public Health Training. Majoring on giving them a good grounding in Communicable Disease Control and Health Protection.

I teach at Masters Level, Health Protection Modules and Global Health:

At Imperial University London and University of Bristol.

I also teach undergraduate students at University of Bristol.

Visiting lecturer at University of West of England and at Weston College, Environmental Health Course (affiliated to the University of West of England).



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