Biography

My main areas of work have involved evidence based mental health, pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions in dementia. I have developed areas of dementia health service research in primary care, care homes and acute hospital settings.
Current research themes are focused on enhancing care for patients with established with dementia and improving early intervention and prevention strategies. My research work is currently funded by the National Institute of Health Research, industry and charitable foundations.
I have a national and international network of research collaborators and I am recognised internationally as a leading researcher in older peoples’ mental health.

Career

Reader in mental health August 2014

Clinical Senior Lecturer/Honorary Consultant Psychogeriatrician Norwich Medical School University of East Anglia + Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust-August 2010 ongoing
Clinical Director of Kent and Medway NIHR Comprehensive Local Research Network October 2007- 2010
Consultant Psychiatrist/Senior Lecturer Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust/University of Kent-August 2001- August 2010
Psychiatric Specialist Registrar Department of Adult Psychiatry, The Fairmile Hospital, Wallingford, Oxford April 2001- August 2001
Psychiatric Specialist Registrar Department of Psychiatry of Old Age, The Fairmile Hospital, Wallingford, Oxford April 2000 - April 2001
Psychiatric Specialist Registrar Department of Psychiatry of Old Age, The Warneford Hospital,  Oxford May 1999 - March 2000.
Psychiatric Specialist Registrar RAF Brize Norton Department of Community Psychiatry August 1998 - May 1999
Psychiatric Specialist Registrar Northallerton NHS Trust Yorkshire  August 1997- August 1998
Psychiatric Specialist Registrar Ministry of Defence Training Scheme - Colchester Essex  August 1997- August 1998
Senior House Officer/Registrar Ministry of Defence Scheme Duchess of Kent's Hospital, Catterick Garrison North Yorkshire October 1996 – August 1997
Senior House Officer/Registrar Northallerton NHS Trust             April 1996 – October 1996
Senior House Officer/Registrar Ministry of Defence Training Scheme Duchess of Kent's Hospital, Catterick Garrison, North Yorkshire October 1995 – April 1996 and Princess Alexandra's Hospital, RAF Wroughton, Swindon Wiltshire August 1993 – October 1995
Senior House Officer General Practice  Berlin RAF Gatow August 1992-August 1993
House Officer Royal Free Hospital, London January 1992 - August 1992   
House Officer Royal East Sussex Hospital, Hastings, Sussex August 1991 - January 1992

Academic Background

I spent 6 years researching trauma/personality assessments and treatment and psychometric assessment development with the Ministry of Defence. Then I went into the NHS and undertook an MD on anger characterisation in elderly mentally ill patients.
In the last 10 years I undertook 3 Cochrane reviews in dementia, set up and developed clinical trials in dementia as a chief investigator and regional lead. In 2004 I set UK/US collaborations with colleagues which are ongoing. We have jointly co-developed work on the harms of screening, medication trials in dementia, collaborative care in dementia and the anticholinergic burden scale.
I worked as an NHS consultant for 9 years and developed an applied research strategy. I am presently working on funded projects on collaborative care in dementia, screening in dementia, inpatient rehabilitation in dementia and assistive technology in dementia.

I have led and been an active collaborator on designing medication trials in dementia targeting prevention and behaviours. 

I have MHRA regulatory experience from leading trials and expertise in trouble shooting recruitment and design issues in clinical trials.


Professional Qualifications and professional memberships

MBBS;  Bsc; Mmedsci;  MRCPsych;  MD

 

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