Institute for Ageing

Staff Profile

Professor Peter Gore

Professor of Practice

Background

I am a Professor of Practice in Ageing and Vitality, and part of the Newcastle University Institute for Ageing (NUIA), Chartered Engineer, Fellow of the IMechE and Fellow of the RSA. I have been working in the field of technology related to healthy ageing for over 25 years, including as a reviewer and monitor of research for the EC, EPSRC and others including government departments. I also manage a business which although completely independent of the University, has overlapping interests in a number of areas.

My role includes the understanding and practice of the translation of innovative ideas and research from academia to the outside world - specifically around the field of healthy ageing, with a special focus on technology. Working with colleagues from the Institute I have developed a framework for understanding the role of technology and other interventions in the healthy ageing process. This framework known as Compression of Functional Decline is built on the work of Professor Carol Jagger and Dr Andrew Kingston has now been published. Also known as the 'ADL LifeCurve' this framework is being used nationally and internationally to support individuals, service designers/providers, businesses and academic researchers.

I routinely speak to small and large groups about how we can practically help people live better for longer, how this can dramatically impact health & social care costs, how it might impact policy and service redesign, how this provides opportunities for business etc.

Currently working on 4 generational kitchen design with a wide range of stakeholders including the National Innovation Centre for Ageing and a wide range of industry and some government departments

I continue to work with a wide range of academics and business of all sizes, trade associations etc, as well as advising a number of projects in various other institutions, occasionally Governments and the UK's leading kitchen designer and kitchen design students. In 2017 the RSA took up an aspect of this work in their design award programme, and further work will be done in the 2018-9 programme.

Executive member of the Global Ageing Technology Collaborative based in UNC, North Carolina, which brings together experts from MIT, UNC, Cambridge, Newcastle and Sheffield.

Originator and co-founder of the Healthy Life SImulation, which is now a Community Interest Company owned by myself, the other co-founders and the University and Newcastle NHS Trust. The original simulation was covered by BBC Radio 4's In Business "Longevity War Game" in September 2013 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03k2k7y)

Actively involved in supporting the work of the National Innovation Centre for Ageing.

Research

I currently have five active areas of interest:

  1. Developing a framework for understanding the role and impact of different interventions in moderating age-related decline. This includes an understanding the evidence around how we functionally decline with age, how this varies, which factors are most significant, how different trajectories can be effectively measured, and how this can be communicated to all stakeholders.
  2. Stimulating and guiding the creation of better evidence for the role of technology in mitigating functional decline, and the associated QOL and health economic benefits. I have started to develop new metrics to measure healthy ageing in defined areas of the UK, which are intended to move on from measuring what we do now, to whether we are doing the correct things to support healthy ageing.
  3. Developing and using a 'war gaming' approach to finding new ways to address the disparity in how well people age in differrent areas, and using this understanding to guide health, social care and public health. A key part of this is facilitating self-help in more deprived communities.
  4. Promoting a multi-generational approach to design in the built environment - specifically at the moment: the kitchen - by engaging multiple stakeholders across industry including technology innovators.
  5. Developing and promoting an understanding of business creation and development within the ageing domain - the pitfalls, opportunities, role and challenges of disruptive innovation.

Teaching

I have no formal teaching responsibilities within the University, but undertake guest lectures including those for UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health Entrepreneurship course, the Scottish Government Active and Independent Living Improvement Programme, New Bucks University Kitchen Design graduate programme, the UK National Association of Equipment Providers, Age-Well Canada, and the Scottish Falls Group. I also speak to courses on Outcome Based Commissioning for older people's services, and run workshops to assist Local Authorities across the UK reshape their thinking and service design around healthy ageing.

I have also undertaken some key guest lectures around the application of technology in the field of independence and healthy ageing, these include:

  1. Smart Technology for Healthy Longevity - Australian-EU workshops, Paris 5-9 October 2009
  2. National Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathrooms industry exhibition, guest speaker at 2 workshops - Changing attitudes of older people - effects on the bathroom market, Birmingham NEC, March 2012
  3. Royal Academy of Engineering Conference - Designing cost-effective care for older people: how technology can make a difference, Sheffield 16th May 2012

I have presented to around 120 groups of professionals from health, social care & housing on the topic of early intervention and prevention - the role of reablement, compensatory technology and care, and how a carefully structured approach based on the latest evidence can significantly reduce the demand for care. I also support consultancy organisations advising health & social care organisations around the challenges and opportunities of ageing.

Publications