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Older people and integrated person-centred care

The British Geriatrics Society is pleased to add its congratulations to Martin Vernon and Dawn Moody who were appointed National Clinical Director and Associate National Clinical Director for Older People and Integrated Person-Centred Care for NHS England.

Dr Martin Vernon qualified in 1988 in Manchester. Following training in the North West he moved to East London to train in Geriatric Medicine where he also acquired an MA in Medical Ethics and Law from King’s College. He returned to Manchester in 1999 to take up post as Consultant Geriatrician building community geriatrics and adult long term conditions management services in South Manchester.

Martin was Associate Medical Director for NHS Manchester in 2010 and more recently was Clinical Champion for frail older people and integrated care In Greater Manchester. He has been the British Geriatrics Society Champion for End of Life Care for the last five years and is a standing member of the NICE Indicators Committee.

In 2015 Martin moved to Central Manchester where he is Consultant Geriatrician and Associate Head of Division for Medicine and Community Services. He is Hon. Research Fellow at Manchester University and Hon. Senior Lecturer at Salford University where he teaches Masters level medical ethics and law.

He has published on topics ranging from mental capacity, end of life care, dementia and adult safeguarding. His current academic interests include frailty, end of life and care home medicine.

Dr Dawn Moody is a GP with a special interest in the care of older people and has been appointed to work with Martin in the new role of Associate National Clinical Director for Older People in the Long Term Conditions Unit at NHS England. She has a particular interest in frailty and person-centred systems of care and has worked extensively with commissioners, providers and in academic research in this area. Working with the concept of frailty as a long-term condition, Dawn is keen to explore opportunities to adopt a much more proactive, person-centred, community-based approach to care. Achieving this requires a new approach to care, particularly through supporting self-care. Her vision for this is captured elegantly in the Frailty Fulcrum model which can be viewed here: (https://vimeo.com/weareingenious /review/140588708/19f348eec7).

In his blog on the NHS England site, Martin outlines the challenges faced by the NHS. He says: “While the NHS has up until now served us well, it now needs to rapidly adapt and change if it is to continue to care effectively and efficiently for a growing population of older people with complex conditions generating combined health and social care needs. NHS England has set a clear strategic direction to achieve this in the Five Year Forward View.

As the new NCD for Older People I intend to pursue all available opportunities for preventative, collaborative care offered by identification of pre- and moderate frailty.”

Both Martin and Dawn are thrilled at the prospect of both a specialised GP and a secondary care community-facing geriatrician working in partnership to develop their ambitions for better care for older people in England. Together they will be building on the work of their predecessor National Clinical Directors to build a new narrative focused on ‘ageing well’ closely aligned to frailty. They look forwards to further developing the productive partnership between NHS England and British Geriatrics Society.

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