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Chris DyerDr Chris Dyer - Clinical Lead for OPU
Tel : 01225 82 1008

Dr Chris Dyer qualified at Birmingham University in 1989 and, after completing post graduate training in the West Midlands, moved to Bath in 1999.

As well as his work at the RUH he works at Chippenham and Warminster Community hospitals, and supports GPs in the management of more complex older patients.

His clinical interests are dementia, falls and lung disease in older people.  He is the clinical lead for dementia care, and has developed a pathway of care for people with dementia in hospital, with dementia coordinators and a 7-day mental health liaison service.

He lives in Wiltshire with his wife (Catherine), 2 children (Elinor and Ffion) and a dog (Peggy Sue). He enjoys running, cycling and touch rugby.

Robin FackrellDr Robin Fackrell
Parkinson's disease and related disorders (BaNES)
Tel : 01225 82 1028

Dr Robin Fackrell is a specialist in Parkinson's Disease and related disorders and leads a multidisciplinary service catering for all ages. He speaks nationally on various topics surrounding Parkinson's and is a Faculty member of the Parkinson's Academy.

Robin is currently involved with the rewriting of the NICE clinical guidelines for Parkinson's and is a member of the Parkinson's UK Excellence Network.  He is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Bristol and has a Masters in Healthcare Ethics and Law.



Sara EvansDr Sara Evans
Parkinson's disease and related disorders (Wilts)
Tel: 01225 82 1028

Dr Sara Evans graduated from Bristol Medical School, and after a time working abroad in New Zealand, completed the rest of her training in the Severn Deanery, taking up her consultant post in 2013. 

Dr Evans has a specialist interest in Parkinson's Disease and related movement disorders, and is the departmental lead for the Wiltshire service.  Along with her colleague Veronica Lyell, she sits on the BGS Movement Disorders Special interest group committee with a responsibility for national audit.

She also has an interest in commissioning and service development, and sits on the South West Clinical Network for neurology, and also the Clinical Senate Council, which is involved in helping CCGs and providers in decision-making and strategic planning across the South West.  In the department, she is the lead for the 4th year medical students, and is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Bristol.

Dr Rachel Fewkes

Tel : 01225 82 8331

Rachel Fewkes graduated from Guys, Kings and St. Thomas' University in 2004 and during this period also completed a BSc in Clinical and Molecular Endocrinology. Her training included medical rotations across the South of England, completing her specialist medical and geriatric training within the Severn Deanery, becoming a consultant in 2014. She has a particular interest in older persons undergoing surgery and has developed a surgical liaison service within the RUH. She has an enthusiasm for quality improvement within the trust and acts as a QI mentor to foundation doctors. Her additional roles include being a member of the British Society of Geriatrics 'Peri-operative care' specialist interest group and lead tutor for the 4th year COMP2 course for the University of Bristol medical school.



Celia GregsonDr Celia Gregson
Orthogeriatrics and osteoporosis
Tel : 01225 82 1267

Dr Celia Gregson is a consultant geriatrician at the Royal United Hospital Bath and a consultant senior lecturer and Arthritis Research UK clinician scientist at the University of Bristol.

Whilst at the RUH in Bath she is based on the Hip Fracture Unit, specialising in orthogeriatric medicine.  Her research interests include osteoporosis and the epidemiology of fractures.

During Dr Gregson's first clinical research fellowship, funded by the Wellcome Trust, she completed a MSc in epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, before running a multi-centre observational study of High Bone Mass during her PhD based in Bristol.

Her current research funding includes Arthritis Research UK, the MRC and NIHR and she holds an honorary academic contract with the University of Queensland. Dr Gregson is a CMT educational supervisor at the RUH, is deputy MDEMO lead for undergraduate medical training at the University of Bristol and is a member of the UK Bone Research Society committee.

Tel : 01225 82 1028

Dr Henderson is lead for Movement Disorders Research at the Royal United Hospitals Bath and an Honorary Consultant Senior Lecturer at the University of Bristol.

She was awarded a fellowship from Parkinson's -UK and The Association of British Neurologists to undertake a PhD in preventing falls in Parkinson's. The results of this phase II trial were published in Lancet Neurology in 2016.

She is lead for the South West Parkinson's Excellence Network and Subspecialty Lead for Ageing and Parkinson's disease in the West of England Clinical Research Network (CRN). Emily also sits on the National Parkinson's Disease Portfolio Development Group (PD-PDG) and is a Faculty member of the Parkinson's Academy.

Katrina HicksDr Katrina Hicks
Orthogeriatrics and osteoporosis
01225 82 1267

Dr Hicks graduated from Edinburgh University. She is a general Geriatrician and Orthogeriatrician by specialism. She has been closely involved in the development of the Hip Fracture Unit at the RUH.

She provides perioperative medical management and rehabilitation review of elderly trauma patients and in particular hip fracture patients. 

She was appointed consultant first at Southampton General Hospital in 1998 and then moved to the RUH in 2002. She is the RUH lead for the National Hip Fracture Database. 

She provides a liaison service to the Orthopaedic Unit for other elderly trauma patients and has an interest in secondary osteoporosis management.

Alastair KerrDr Alastair Kerr
Falls, syncope and general geriatrics
Tel: 01225 82 1267

Dr Alastair Kerr was appointed as Consultant Geriatrician at the RUH in 2005 & has a specialist interest in falls, syncope, multiple pathology & education.

He is the Older People's Unit lead for Falls and Clinical Governance and works on the ACE-OPU (Assessment & Comprehensive Evaluation of the Older People's Unit) ward and also runs a twice weekly Falls & Syncope clinic at St Martin's Hospital.

He gained Honorary Senior Lecturer status for being the Lead for Bristol University 5th year medical students & sits on a number of Bristol University Medical School committees.

Veronica LyellDr Veronica Lyell
Orthogeriatrics and osteoporosis; Parkinson's disease and related disorders
Tel : 01225 82 1267

Dr Veronica Lyell started in post in January 2012 as an orthogeriatrician on the Hip Fracture Unit, where the work encompasses pre- and peri-operative care, rehabilitation, goal setting and discharge planning, including input to regular MDT meetings.

Since its inception in October 2013 she has been part of the ACE-OPU (Assessment and Comprehensive Evaluation of Older People Unit).  She contributes regular ward rounds and also engages in the governance structure and developing community links for the ward.

She also has an interest in Parkinson's Disease particularly with respect to local research, and bone health in PD, and has a monthly PD clinic at the Clara Cross Unit at St Martin's Hospital. She sits on the BGS Movement Disorders Special interest group committee with a responsibility for national audit.

Kate PeacockDr Kate Peacock
General geriatrics and stroke medicine
Tel : 01225 82 1307

Dr Kate Peacock has been a Consultant Geriatrician at the Royal United Hospital, Bath since 2002.  She is a general geriatrician with a special interest in Stroke Medicine and Medical Education.  She works on Midford ward and the Acute Stroke Unit.  She runs a regular general geriatric outpatient clinic at the RUH, and also contributes to stroke and TIA outpatient clinics.

Dr Peacock has been involved with postgraduate training for a number of years holding the position of Associate Director of Medical Education at the RUH. She organises Local Trainee Support services at the RUH. Nationally she sits on the Specialist Advisory Committees for Geriatric Medicine and Stroke Medicine at the Royal College of Physicians, and hosts the RCP PACES exam annually at the RUH. Dr Peacock is also the Training Programme Director for Geriatric Medicine in the Severn Region.

Dr Genevieve Robson
Tel : 01225 82 8331

Genevieve Robson graduated from the University of Bristol in 2000. She completed her specialist geriatrics training in the South West and took up her consultant post in Bath in 2015.

She has a keen interest in frailty, in particular the acute management of complex frail older people. She currently works in the ACE-OPU (Assessment and Comprehensive Evaluation of Older People Unit) and is heavily involved in setting up and running the Acute Frailty Multi-Disciplinary Team working in the Emergency Department and Medical Admissions Unit (the 'Frailty Flying Squad').

In the department she is joint lead for the 4th year medical students attached to Bath Academy, and is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Bristol.

Dr Tomas Welsh
Tel : 01225 82 1008

Dr Tomas Welsh is a Consultant Geriatrician at the Royal United Hospital Bath and Honorary Research Fellow (University of Bristol) at the Research Institute for the Care of Older People (RICE).  He moved to Bath in 2016 after completing his post-graduate training and PhD in the East Midlands. 

His working week combines a memory clinic, academic work, providing community support to North West Wiltshire and consultant input into ACE-OPU (Assessment & Comprehensive Evaluation - Older People's Unit).

He has clinical interests in Dementia, Community Geriatrics, Academic Geriatrics and Medical Education. His research interests focus on medical co-morbidity in people with dementia.

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