Faculty of Medical Sciences

Staff Profile

Professor Stuart Parker

Wm Leech Prof of Geriatric Medicine & CRN Specialty Cluster Lead

Background

I have recently been appointed (April 2015) as Theme Lead for Ageing, Dementias & Neurodegeneration, Neurological Disorders and Genetics in the NIHR Clinical Research Network.  Previous contributions to the work of the NIHR have included vice chair NIHR CRN Ageing Specialty Group (2009-2015), associate director of the NIHR South Yorkshire Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC (2008-13)) and Director of Research and Development at the Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (2008-13).

Since July 2013 I have been Professor of Geriatric Medicine at Newcastle University and a consultant physician at Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Trust where I am helping to develop an acute inpatient service for frail older people. Previously I held a chair at the University of Sheffield and an honorary consultant appointment in Barnsley Hospital NHSFT. My clinical practice is focused on providing comprehensive assessment and management for frail older people in acute hospital care.

I have been actively involved in health service management for many years, serving as a clinical director in an acute hospital trust. I have held leadership roles in both the acute and community health care sectors, with service providers and commissioners, including a spell chairing a joint agency group which commissioned integrated services for older people for a health and social care catchment.

 

 


 

Research

My engagement in acute and community clinical services for older people is underpinned by a research programme in applied research in health care for older people, particularly focused on models of care for older patients in intermediate, acute and sub-acute care. 

In recent years, I have focused on applied health research and implementation, as Vice chair NIHR Age & Ageing Specialty Group (2009-date), associate director of the NIHR South Yorkshire Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC (2008-13)) and Director of Research and Development at the Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (2008-13). The South Yorkshire CLAHRC was one of 9, £20M collaborations which were awarded in England in 2008.

I have contributed to international research policy through participation in the development of a road map for ageing research in Europe(FUTURAGE), and I am collaborating internationally in Europe on a programme to increase the health life expectancy of European citizens through innovation (INNOVAGE).

Currently I serve as acting chair of the NIHR CRN Specialty Group for Ageing

Most recently, I am leading (with Simon Conroy, Leicester) a NIHR funded project on acute hospital care for frail older people in which we will describe existing models of care and develop and validate tools to deliver Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment on a hospital wide basis.

Teaching

Recently I have been appointed as chair of the examination board for the  Diploma in Geriatric Medicine examination for the Royal College of Physicians of London.  Previously I have been both the senior clinical and written examiner.   In these roles I have contributed to the design and development of  a new clinical examination which will be implemented in 2015.

In 2011 I led a successful bid to the White Rose University consortium for a PhD Studentship Network on A Multidisciplinary Approach for Supporting An Ageing Population, and (together with colleagues in Leeds and York) lead a joint studentship network (with ESRC funding) on Ageing and Dementia (6PhD Students in all. I have been co-supervisor for 2 of these).

 Between 2008-13, I was associate director of the South Yorkshire CLAHRC which supported the development of NHS workforce through the supervision of 54 PhD students, 60 MSc students and 3 MD degrees in applied health research and implementation.

Currently I provide clinical and educational supervision for junior doctors and specialty trainees, ward based teaching, and mentorship for Newcastle Medical Students, and am always interested to hear from potential postgraduate trainees from clinical and non clinical backgrounds.

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