Institute of Health & Society

Staff Profile

Professor Louise Robinson

Director, Newcastle University Institute for Ageing and Professor of Primary Care and Ageing



As Director of the Newcastle University Institute for Ageing, I facilitate an interdisciplinary network of over 700 academics involved in the broad range of ageing research and innovation work at Newcastle. In this role,I led the successful 2015 bid to Government Office/MRC for Newcastle University to host the National Centre for Ageing Science and Innovation.

As Professor of Primary Care and Ageing, I co-lead the Faculty of Medical Science Ageing, Health and Society Research Group and the Lifecourse, Development and Ageing research theme in the Institute of Health & Society (IHS). 

My personal research programme is focused on Primary Care and Ageing and the well being of older people, especially those with dementia. Specific interests in dementia research include early intervention, end of life care and the role of assistive technologies. In 2012, I won a prestigious NIHR Translational Professorship to improve the quality of community care for people with dementia and their families.

I am also the lead for the Newcastle membership of the NIHR School for Primary Care Research (SPCR).

Roles and Responsibilities

Director, Newcastle University Institute for Ageing (NUIA) (2014-)

Primary Care Professor of Primary Care and Ageing, Newcastle University (2008-). 

GP principal (Saville Medical Group, Saville Row, Newcastle upon Tyne). 

NIHR Professorship (2012-1017);  Newcastle lead, NIHR School for Primary Care Research


  1. Primary care lead, NICE dementia health and social care guidelines group
  2. Lead primary care advisor: Prime Minister's National Dementia Challenge..
  3. Newcastle lead, NIHR School for Primary Care Research

Honours and Awards

Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitionerss
RCGP National Clinical Champion for Dementia (2012-15)Older People (2009-2011) 
RCGP National Clinical Champion for Ageing (2009-2011)
Royal Society of Apothecaries William Farr Medal for excellence in the care and research of older people (2015)Alzheimer's Society Ambassador



Research Interests

Health of older people in primary care
Dementia care
Assistive and next generation technologies.
Systematic reviewing
Pragmatic trials of complex interventions

Other Expertise

Translational research.

Current Research

I led the successful £40 miIlion* bid to Government Office for Newcastle University to host the National Centre for Ageing Science and Innovation (*£20 million funding match from Newcastle University)

Total research funding won to date is around £35.6 million (£27 million as PI/co-PI) from a variety of sources including NIHR funding streams, BUPA Foundation, TSB ALIP and the Department of Health.

I also hold one of only several national NIHR Professorships (2012-2017) which is focused on improving community-based dementia care.  

Current work is focused on three themes:
1) Health and wellbeing of older people in primary care:  To identify factors which facilitate healthy ageing, and hence minimise dependency, as people grow older in the community. This work currently includes several major national cohort studies: Newcastle 85+ study (PI Kirkwood, Newcastle), which explores the health and wellbeing of the oldest old (2004-) and MRC Cognitive Function and Ageing Study (MRC CFAS) (PI Brayne, Cambridge).

2) Enhancing the quality of dementia care:  I am currently PI on NIHR Programme Grant looking at Supporting Excellence in End of Life care in Dementia (SEED) (2013-2018) and co-applicant on a range of studies exploring the whole spectrum of dementia care from diagnosis and early detection, through to advanced dementia and end of life care. An emerging strand of this theme is exploring the development and evaluation of assistive technologies to promote independence for people with dementia.

3) Technologies for ageing populations: Assistive technologies afford huge potential to facilitate independent living for our ageing populations. This is a new programme of work focused on the development, evaluation and implementation of assitive technolgoies for older people, especially those with dementia. This work is funded through grants from DH, ESRC Technology Strategy Board Assisted Living Platform.  


Research Roles

Research principal investigator
Co-Lead: Lifecourse Development and Ageing theme (IHS)
Lead: Primary Care Clinical Studies Group; DeNDRoN Research Network

Postgraduate Supervision

I currently supervise 4 PhD/MD students and regularly supervise MSc students and GP Specialist registrars on the Academic Innovative Posts of the Northumbria GP Vocational Training Scheme.

Esteem Indicators

RCGP National Clinical Champion for Ageing and Older People (2009-2012)
Lead, Primary Care Clincial Studies Group for Dementia and Neurodegenerative Diseases Research Network (DeNDRoN).
Primary care lead and committee member of following national committees: UK Ministerial Advisory Group on Dementia Research; National Dementia Strategy Implementation Committee; National Dementia Strategy Workforce Development Group.
Invited key note speaker at national and international conferences.


2016-2017. £353,923. NIHR HS&DR Project 14/70/96. Dementia undetected or undiagnosed in primary care: the prevalence, causes and consequences. Savva, G, Brayne, C, Barnes, L, Arthur, A, Robinson, L, Stephan, BCM, Matthews, F, Dening, T, Fox, C, Kirkham,  Y, Horne, G, Swart, A-M, Aldus, C, McCormack, S, Broadwar, R, Romero J.  Co-investigator.

2015-2020. European Institute of Innovation and Technology Knowledge Information Community EIT-Health Consortia on Health Ageing. UK lead partner Imperial College. Horizon 2020.

2015-2019. £2,400,000.  NIHR School for Primary Care Research membership. Louise Robinson, Barbara Hanratty, Eileen Kaner, Carol Jagger, Jimmy Steele, Richard Thomson. Principal Investigator. 

2015-2018. £1,100,000. NIHR Programme Grant. Preventing avoidable hospital admission for people with dementia in care homes.  PI Murna Downs (Bradford), Liz Sampson,  Clive Ballard, Louise Robinson et al. Co-investigator.  

2015-2017. £514,118.10. Is it possible to develop a complex intervention to improve the outcome of fall-related injuries in people with dementia? Allan, L, Bamford, C, Fox, C, Barber, R, Corner, L, Steen, I, Homer, T, Younger, P, Connolly, J, Robinson, L. HTA Project 13/78/02. Co-investigator.

2015-2017. £388,000. NIHR HS&DR Programme 14/196/05. Organising general practice for care homes: A multi-method study.  Hanratty, B, Gage, H, Spilsbury, Robinson, L, Brittain, K, Duncan, R, Matthews, F. Co-investigator.

2015-2016. €499,234. Coimbra Institute for Ageing Teaming bid. PI Thomas von Zyglincki, Passos J, Robinson L, Armitage G, Corner L. Horizon 2020 Teaming. Co-investigator. 

2014 – 2017. £292,925. HSC Public Health Agency. The development of a comprehensive medicines management approach for people with dementia in primary care. PI Carmel Hughes (Queen’s University Belfast), Cristin Ryan, Peter Passmore, Louise Robinson, Gerry Molloy et al. Co-investigator. 

2014 – 2015. £110,000. AHSN NENC. The (North East) Dementia Hub. Louise Robinson and Lynne Corner. Joint Principal Investigator. 

2013-2018. £5,300,000. EPSRC. EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Digital Civics. PIs Patrick Olivier and Peter Wright; theme lead Louise Robinson. Co-investigator.

2013-2018. £1,917,545.  NIHR Programme Grant. Supporting excellence in end of life care in dementia (SEED programme). Louise Robinson, Claire Bamford, Julian Hughes, Cath Exley, Liz Sampson et al. Principal Investigator. 

2012-2017. £1,130,000. NIHR Translational Professorship Award. Living with dementia; towards better quality community care.  Lead Investigator. 

2012-2016. £3,000,000. NIHR Health Technology Assessment Programme. Evaluating the effectiveness and cost effectiveness of Dementia Care Mapping (DCM) to enable Person Centred Care training (PCCT) for people with dementia and staff: A UK cluster randomised controlled trial in care homes (DCM EPIC trial).  PI Claire Surr (Bradford), Murna Downs, Clive Ballard, Louise Robinson, Graham Stokes et al. Co-investigator.

2012-2016. £59,875. Newcastle University Faculty of Medical Sciences PhD studentship. Concept of Vascular Cognitive Impairment to Dementia. Blossom Stephan and Louise Robinson. Joint Principal Investigator. 

2012-2014. £300,000.  NIHR Service Delivery and Organisation. Co-morbidity and dementia: improving healthcare for people with dementia. (CoDem).  PI Frances Bunn (Herts), Clare Goodman, Louise Robinson, Greta Rait et al.  Co-investigator.

2011- 2013. £1.98 million.  TSB Assisted Living Platform.  Designing scalable assistive technologies and services for independent healty living and sustainable market development in the Mixed Digital Economy. PI Fenf Li, Patrick Olivier, Peter Wright, Katie Brittain, Louise Robinson, Tracy Finch, Rob Wilson et al.   Co-applicant. 

2011-2013.  £253,799. MRC Life long Health and Wellbeing Programme.  Ageing Creatively: a pilot study to explore the relation of creative arts interventions to wellbeing in later life. PI Eric Cross, Linda Anderson, Louise Robinson, Katie Brittain, Julian Hughes, Martin Freeston.  Co-applicant. 

2011-2012.  £94,347.  NIHR Programme Development Grant.  Developing an evidence-based intervention to improve health care for, and prevent avoidable hospital admission of, older care home residents with frailty or dementia.  PI Murna Downs (Bradford), Elizabeth Sampson, Linda Clare, Louise Robinson, John Young, Brendan McCormack, Cornelius Catona.  Co-applicant. 

2011-2014. £657,000. NIHR Health Technology Assessment.  A pragmatic randomised controlled trial to evaluate the effectiveness and cost effectiveness of Collaborative Care for people with Dementia in primary care (CARE-DEM trial). Steve Iliffe/Louise Robinson (co PIs), John Bond, Carolyn Chew-Graham, Cornelius Katona, Martin Knapp. Joint principal investigator.

2010-2012. £649,621. Department of Health.  HEALTHBRIDGE: National evaluation of dementia advisors and peer support networks. PI Charlotte Clarke (Northumbria), Mima Cattan, Lynne Corner, Louise Robinson. Co-applicant.

2010-2012. £238,827. NIHR Research for Patient Benefit.  Vascular Augmentation of Late Life Unremitting Depression (VALUeD). PI Alan Thomas, Gary Ford, John O’Brien, Louise Robinson. Co-applicant.

2010-2012. £146,357. NIHR Research for Patient Benefit.  An exploration of patient experiences around diagnosis and treatment of dementia; implications for service development. PI Frances Bunn (Hertfordshire), Claire Goodman, Louise Robinson, Greta Rait, Steve Iliffe et al.  Co-investigator.

2009-2013. £12,300,000. Inclusion through the digital economy. Watson P (PI), Olivier P, Norman SJ, Hanson V, Li F et al.  ESRC. Project collaborator.

2009-2011. £235,355. NIHR Research for Patient Benefit.  Advance Care Planning; developing a person centred approach for people with dementia. Louise Robinson, Claire Bamford, Cath Exley, Julian Hughes et al. Principal Investigator.

2008-2010. £249,563. NIHR Service Delivery and Organisation.  The transition from cognitive impairment to dementia: older people’s experiences. Jill Manthorpe (Kings, London), Steve Iliffe (UCL), John Bond, Louise Robinson, Claire Goodman (Herts) et al. Co-investigator.

2007-2011. £2,978,000.  Medical Research Council.  The Newcastle 85+ Study; maintaining the health of the very old. PI's: Tom Kirkwood, Oliver James, John Bond, Martin Eccles . Project team collaborator.

2007-2011. £1,950,727. Medical Research Council. Is Ageing Changing? Health, Healthy life and cognition across generations. Prof C Brayne (PI), Prof J Bond, Prof I McKeith et al.  Project Collaborator.

2007-2009. £233,000.  NIHR Research for Patient Benefit.  Assessment of mental capacity on going home from hospital. Julian Hughes, John Bond, Louise Robinson L, Stephen Louw, Johanne Mears, Lynne Corner.  Co-investigator.

2007-2008. £103,050. Centre for Excellence in Life Sciences.  Keeping in touch every day (KITE project) - Safe walking in Dementia. Patrick Olivier/Louise Robinson. Joint principal investigator.

2007-2008. £33,000.  Centre for Excellence in Life Sciences. The Ambient Kitchen.  Olivier P (PI), Monk A, Robinson L. Co-investigator.

2007-2008. £24,900. Dementia and Neurodegenerative Disease Research Network. Primary Care Engagement Programme. Rubin G (for PCRN Northern and Yorkshire), Robinson L.  Joint principal investigator.

2006-2009. £597,359. Department of Health Policy and Research Programme.  Integrating telecare systems for chronic disease management in the community; what needs to be done. PI: Carl May with Tracy Finch, Frances Mair (University of Glasgow), Anne Rodgers (University of Manchester), Cath Exley, Louise Robinson, Rob Wilson. Co-investigator.

2006-2007. £34,300.  Higher Education Innovation Fund. Shoemote: shoe – based monitoring of gait and mobility. Olivier P, Robinson L. Co-applicant.

2005-2008. £200,657.  BUPA Foundation. Improving patient-centred care for people with dementia. PI: Claire Bamford with Eileen Kaner, Julian Hughes, Louise Robinson, Ruth Briel, John Spencer, Carl May. Co-investigator.




Undergraduate Teaching

MBBS degree course: Personal and professional development.
Examiner for clinical and preclinical MBBS.

Postgraduate Teaching

MSc Health Sciences
Certificate in Clinical Research