Meet the team

Professor John Young: Theme lead for Primary care-based management of frailty in older people

Professor John Young is the National Clinical Director for Integration & Frail Elderly, NHS England; Honorary Consultant Geriatrician, Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust; Head, Academic Unit of Elderly Care and Rehabilitation, University of Leeds. 

John Young trained at the Middlesex Hospital, University of London. He was appointed as a consultant geriatrician in Bradford, West Yorkshire, UK in 1986. He took on responsibilities as a clinical manager and developed numerous new services including an elderly care assessment unit; a stroke unit; and an ortho-geriatric unit. Research interests became embedded in the clinical work and included evaluations (mostly by RCT) of day hospitals, stroke care and intermediate care services.  In 2005 he was appointed to a new position as Head of the Academic Unit of Elderly Care & Rehabilitation, University of Leeds, Institute of Health Sciences and Bradford Institute for Health Research based at Bradford. This unit is now one of the largest elderly care applied health research units in the UK and has an established record of addressing key, clinically relevant questions in elderly care and stroke.  In 2009 he was awarded the Lady Illingworth prize for “outstanding contributions” to services for older people. John was recently seconded to NHS England as National Clinical Director for Integration and Frail Elderly. 

Dr Andrew Clegg: Deputy theme lead for Primary care-based management of frailty in older people

Andy is a Clinical Senior Lecturer in the Academic Unit of Elderly Care and Rehabilitation and Honorary Consultant Geriatrician at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. His research interests are frailty, delirium and dementia. Andy has previously spent time as a Dunhill Medical Trust & Royal College of Physicians Research Fellow, where he led the Home-based Older People's Exercise (HOPE) trial, which was a pilot randomised controlled trial of a home-based exercise intervention for frail older people. Andy is the chief investigator for the CARE cohort study

Andy was a member of the 2010 NICE delirium guideline development group and a member of the NHS Evidence advisory panel. He has peer reviewed research applications for the MRC and NIHR and is a reviewer for the Lancet medical journal.

Dr Lesley Brown: Theme manager for Primary care-based management of frailty in older people. 

Lesley started her role as theme manager for the frailty theme in May 2014 and is actively involved in setting up the CARE cohort study for the frailty theme and initiating future collaboration with other CLAHRC themes in the Yorkshire and Humber region. 

Lesley completed a  PhD investigating ethno-cultural differences in response to Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS). This study involved undertaking research in the UK and Hong Kong. Following this Lesley managed a study investigating different physiotherapy treatment pathways for patients attending a physiotherapy department for chronic low back pain at The Friarage Hospital, (South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust).

Lesley has worked in the Academic Unit of Elderly Care and Rehabilitation based at Bradford Royal Infirmary since 2011 and has worked across a range of projects including a study investigating the use of screening tools to identify people with mild cognitive impairment. Lesley has worked on Cochrane systematic reviews: Information provision for stroke patients and their caregivers;   Physical rehabilitation for older people in long term care; Medical day hospital care for the elderly versus alternative forms of care.  

Anne Heaven: Research project manager for the Community Ageing Research (CARE) Study. 

Anne is the Research Project Manager for the Community Ageing Research (CARE) Study.  The aim of this study is to establish a cohort of participants for randomised controlled trials of the future. With a recruitment target of a 1000 participants over five years the study will also establish a bio-bank of blood samples. Anne has over 20 years’ experience of health and social care research having previously worked as a Research Fellow at Bradford District Care Trust, the University of Lancaster, Doncaster Health Authority and PCTs, within the private sector and independently.

Chung Fu: Business support manager for Primary care- based management of frailty in older people,  and programme coordinator for the CLAHRC Core Team.

Chung has a dual role in CLAHRC Yorkshire and Humber (YH). As a Business Support Manager for the Frailty in Older People theme he is involved in recruitment of staff, finance management and oversees the administrative provisions for the team. Chung is also a Programme Coordinator as part of the Core team working across themes in CLAHRC YH. He is actively involved in the reporting processes, enforcing CLAHRC YH principles and develops constructive relationships with a broad range of internal and external stakeholders to support the vision of the programme.

 He joined the Academic Unit of Elderly Care and Rehabilitation, Bradford Institute for Health Research in 2009 after completion of MSc in Business Management. 

Dr John Parry MA MB BChir MRCGP: Clinical Director TPP

Dr Parry qualified in medicine from the University of Cambridge in 1980. He has been a General Medical Practitioner since 1985, and in the past has worked in palliative care and oncology. He has held posts with the local Health Authority and the Primary Care Trust, as Information Technology advisor and Caldicott Guardian (responsible for data security and information governance). He was later appointed as Chair of the Airedale and Wharfedale GP Commissioning Group.

He selected TPP to deliver a shared detailed electronic health record for a whole health community in 1998, and since has pioneered the use of common systems across health populations. In 2005 he was appointed Clinical Director at TPP where his role includes responsibility for clinical safety and data security in product delivery.

He has written (and spoken) on a wide range of subjects, including the opportunities afforded by shared electronic health records, the place of the citizen in future health care, the drivers for changing models of healthcare delivery, and the opportunities that big data offers. He is an ex officio member of the ResearchOne advisory committee and a board member of the TechUK Health and Social Care Council.

Professor Gail Mountain: Theme lead for the TaCT theme

Gail is Professor of Health Services Research (assisted living research) within the Rehabilitation and Assistive Technologies group, University of Sheffield. She is also a Visiting Professor at Sheffield Hallam University. Gail is a qualified occupational therapist with substantial past experience as a practitioner and manager of services for older people and people with mental health problems.

Gail leads and manages the activities of the CLAHRC TaCT theme.   This has included leading the involvement of the theme in a pilot randomised controlled trial of Telehealth technology which will report in summer 2012.   She also continues to work to ensure that end users of technology; professionals, patients and their carers are substantively and appropriately engaged in this programme of applied research.

Gail is also Director of the EPSRC funded SMART consortium which is examining how existing technology might be harnessed to facilitate self management for people with stroke, congestive heart failure and chronic pain and the extent to which such technology can promote behavioural change ( This fifth year of the CLAHRC project involves devoting some TaCT resources to an examination of the appropriateness of this technology for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and for people with more than one long term condition. 

 As Principal Director of the EPSRC KT-EQUAL (knowledge transfer and exchange for extending quality life of older and disabled people) consortium, Gail is centrally concerned with how the results from research are translated to policy, practice, to industry and to technology users.  The consortium also works to access the views of older and disabled people regarding their ideas for future research (

Caroline Brundle: Research fellow on the Community Ageing Research (CARE) Study 

Caroline joined the CLAHRC2 project team at the Bradford Institute of Health Research (BIHR) in August 2014.  As an Elderly Care Researcher, her role is to recruit participants to the CARE study cohort and to collect baseline and follow-up data. Before joining BIHR, Caroline worked at the University of Manchester on projects investigating the support needs of cancer patients and their carers, treatments for adolescent depression, falls in older people with visual impairment and discharge from inpatient care at end of life.  Prior to this she held research roles in a housing association and a social research consultancy. 

Dr Ikhlaq Jacob: Research fellow on the Community Ageing Research (CARE) Study

Ikhlaq has been a health researcher for a number of years and has worked at various universities including Leeds, Bradford, Sheffield and the Open University on projects related to health and well-being particularly with minority ethnic communities both locally and nationally. 

Dr Elizabeth Teale: Clinical Senior Lecturer and Consultant in Elderly Care Medicine 

Tizzy is a Clinical Senior Lecturer in Elderly Care at the Academic Unit of Elderly Care and Rehabilitation and an Honorary Consultant Geriatrician at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Her research interests are delirium, frailty and measurement. Tizzy is Chief Investigator for the DOSS study  investigating whether delirium can be detected routinely in care homes, and PI for a study to optimise care pathways for patients with dementia and a hip fracture. She is part of the team updating Cochrane systematic reviews into both prevention and treatment of delirium.

Tizzy helped to develop the Patient Reported Experience Measure (PREM) used in the 2013 and 2014 National Audit of Intermediate Care and is a member of the NAIC advisory group. 

Farhat Mahmood : Research Fellow on the Community Ageing Research (CARE) Study

Farhat joined the CARE 75+ team in  2016. Her role is to recruit participants onto the CARE 75+ cohort and to collect data. Farhat completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology in 2011 at Leeds Trinity University. She then went on and completed a (MSc) at the University of Leeds in ‘Psychological Approaches to Health’; graduating in 2013.Through these degree programmes she has utilised various quantitative and qualitative research methods.  Since graduating from her MSc, Farhat has spent time gaining clinical and research experience in the Older Peoples Service with Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation trust as well as York Hospital and the University of Leeds.

Professor Arlene Astell: Health Services Research at the University of Sheffield

Arlene holds a chair in Ontario Shores Research  in Community Management of Dementia and is Associate Professor in the School of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. Arlene is the pricipal investigator on the NANA study

Sarah Kate Smith: Researcher on the NANA study

Sarah Kate Smith is a researcher in the Health Services Research Group at the University of Sheffield. Achieving a 1st Class Honours in Psychology in 2011, Sarah has recently completed a PhD focusing on research around the topic of dementia. Her research interests are concerned with exploiting digital technologies, in particular technologies that are known to be under-used by older adults.

Dr Rebecca Hawkins: Principle iinvestigator on the Study of Resourcefulness in Later Life (SoReLL)

Rebecca is a Lecturer in Qualitative Health Research at the Leeds Institute of Health Sciences, University of Leeds. Her research interests include ageing, frailty, chronic illness, and health and social care research. Rebecca’s main area of expertise is in qualitative methodology and methods, particularly ethnography.

Rebecca is leading the Study of Resourcefulness in Later Life (SoReLL). In addition to her role in CLAHRC, she is contributing to two other programmes of research: Development and preliminary testing of strategies to enhance routine physical activity in care homes, and Development and evaluation of strategies to provide longer-term health and social care for stroke survivors and their carers.

Dr Lina Masana: Research Fellow on the qualitative investigation on the resourcefulness of frail older people and their carers 

Lina is a research fellow in the Academic Unit of Elderly Care and Rehabilitation based at Bradford Institute for Health Research, Bradford Royal Infirmary. She has a PhD in Medical Anthropology (2013, URV, with European Doctorate mention and Cum Laude), master’s degree in Medical Anthropology and International Health (MSc 2008, URV with Hons) and graduated in Social and Cultural Anthropology (BA 2002, UB). Her fields of expertise are ethnography, qualitative research and narrative analysis, especially concerning health and social care topics. She has widely explored the topic of chronicity experience and management, and her research interests and experience covers related topics such as disability, dependency, public policies, care needs, end of life care and advanced directives, research ethics and bioethics, among others.

Professor Karen Spilsbury: Project Lead for Study 5 – Enhancing communication skills: ‘Addressing what matters to frail older people and their informal carers in primary care based clinical encounters and contacts’

Karen is a registered nurse and health services researcher.  She was recently appointed at the University of Leeds to an Investment Chair in Nursing Research (March 2015), having previously gained her personal Chair at the University of York.  Her expertise extends to fields central to contemporary health and social care practice, demonstrated by the development of a programme of clinically and policy relevant research in the areas of the workforce and care for older people.  She has widely published her work.  

Karen is currently a member of the Department of Health’s Care Sector Nursing Taskforce (May 2015 - ).  She is a member of the National Institute for Health Research Health Services and Delivery Research Researcher-led Programme Commissioning Board.  Her editorial duties include an Associate Editor role with the International Journal of Nursing Studies and an Academic Editor role for PLoS ONE.  

Professor Barbara Hanratty: Study  5 – Enhancing communication skills

Barbara is a GP and honorary public health physician. She has recently moved to Newcastle University as Professor of Primary Care and Public Health and is an honorary visiting professor in the Department of Health Sciences at the University of York. She is a former recipient of an MRC research training fellowship and an NIHR Career Development Fellowship and member of NICE guideline development committee on excess winter mortality. She is an editor for BMC Geriatrics and PLos One and peer reviewer for a range of journals and funding bodies.Her research is focused on the  health and wellbeing of older adults across the health and social care divide. She is currently developing a programme of research around health in care homes, and other work encompasses frailty, end of life care and loneliness.

Louise Schreuders: Study  5 – Enhancing communication skills

Louise is an early career postdoctoral researcher with a background in nursing and public health research. She was awarded her PhD at The University of Western Australia in 2016 and is now working at the University of Leeds. Her research interests include frailty, health workforce and applied health research.

Louise was awarded a 2016 Career Development Fellowship with the NIHR School for Social Care Research (London School of Economics) entitled, ‘Understanding the prevalence, care and management of frailty in care home residents’.