First RICE Professor of Old Age Psychiatry announced

Published on 06/07/2016

RICE (The Research Institute for the Care of Older People), the Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust (RUH) and the University of Bristol are delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Julian Hughes as the RICE Professor of Old Age Psychiatry.

This newly established unique senior research appointment is a collaboration between RICE, the RUH and the School of Clinical Sciences at the University of Bristol.  The partnership will connect the independent research conducted at RICE with the Medical School community in Bristol and the care of older people taking place within the RUH in Bath, bringing together a range of specialist skills.

In his new post Professor Hughes will work alongside Professor Roy Jones, Consultant Geriatrician and Director of RICE since it began in 1985, and help to develop research at RICE, looking at both cure and care in various conditions affecting older people.

Professor Hughes is currently Honorary Professor of Philosophy of Ageing at the University of Newcastle and Consultant in the Psychiatry of Old Age Service of Northumbria Healthcare NHS Trust. He has a wide range of interests to do with ageing and dementia, from studies of ethical issues for carers, to studies of pain, the effects of the arts and quality of life. Having read Philosophy at Oxford prior to studying Medicine at Bristol, he has maintained his interest in philosophical and ethical issues in connection with ageing and dementia, and for which he has an international reputation. He is currently involved in academic research examining palliative care in dementia.

Professor Hughes is a Fellow of both the Royal College of Psychiatrists and of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh. Positions of responsibility include:

He serves on a number of committees of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and advised NICE in connection with guidelines on Dementia and on the Care of Dying Adults in the Last Days of Life.

Professor Hughes will take up his appointment on 1 August 2016 and will be based mainly at the RICE Centre on the RUH site in Bath, as well as in the School of Clinical Sciences at the University of Bristol.

"Improving Dementia care and expanding research is a key aim for RICE, the RUH and the University of Bristol. This new Professorial post is a great opportunity to build on the research that has already been conducted at RICE, extend it into new and exciting areas and apply learning in clinical and care settings." (Dr Chris Dyer, RICE Chair of Trustees & Clinical Lead Older People's Unit Royal United Hospitals Bath)

"We are delighted at the prospect of Professor Julian Hughes joining the University of Bristol in this new post, developing what we are very confident will be a successful and sustained collaboration with RICE and the RUH in Bath. This is an excellent example of partnership working to deliver first class research and health care for older people, especially those with dementia." (Professor Tim Peters, Head of the School of Clinical Sciences, University of Bristol)

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