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Meet the Team

Vicki Leah - Forum Chair

Consultant Nurse, University College Hospitals London

Vicki Leah is Consultant Nurse for Older People and Dementia Lead at UCHL.  She leads on developments to improve the experience of older people attending the hospital and leads a team of older peoples clinical nurse specialists. Her clinical practice includes working with the multidisciplinary team providing comprehensive geriatric assessment for frail patients with complex needs.

Vicki has a clinical background in cardiology and has worked as a ward sister, resuscitation officer, lead nurse and consultant nurse for acute medicine, in this role she was the named consultant for a nurse led acute medical ward. She is also very experienced in delivering education on a number of topics to diverse audiences. Her interests include dementia and delirium, education and person-centred care.

Cliff Kilgore

Advanced Nurse Practitioner, Dorset Healthcare University Foundation Trust

Cliff Kilgore currently works for Dorset Healthcare University Foundation Trust as Advanced Nurse Practitioner for Intermediate care in Bournemouth and Poole and is very much a practicing clinician with 6 clinical sessions as part of his weekly job plan. This is a role that looks to manage acute illness in patients own homes as an alternative to acute hospital admission and forms part of an excellent MDT.  Cliff has worked with older people for the majority of his 15 years nursing career and most of this has been spent in community services.  Cliff is the current Vice-Chair for the BGS nurse and allied health group.

Helen Lyndon

Consultant Nurse

Helen is Consultant Nurse for Older People, currently on secondment to the national nursing and medical directorates within NHS England as Clinical Lead for Frailty. This role supports organisations to develop services across an integrated care pathway for older people living with frailty. Clinically, she works with a Geriatrician colleague offering falls and comprehensive assessment rapid access clinics. She has been awarded a Clinical Academic Internship to plan a PhD application through the NIHR Clinical Academic Fellowship Scheme,

Helen has worked as a district nurse, nurse leader, community matron, nurse practitioner and nurse consultant in primary and community care settings. She set up and provided clinical leadership to services for older people in the community including Hospital at Home, Community Matrons, Telehealth and Nurse Practitioner for Care Homes Service. Her particular interests include the management of frailty, falls and the development of the role of the nurse as an advanced practitioner in the area of frail older people. She has been appointed to sit on the Royal College of Nursing Older People’s Forum Committee and is an active member of the British Geriatrics Society Nurses Special Interest Group.

Michelle Parker

Lecturer in adult nursing

Michelle was appointed lecturer in adult nursing specialising in the care of older people and people with dementia in February 2016.

Michelle qualified as a nurse in 1997 gaining at Bachelor of Nursing (Hons) at The University of Liverpool. Michelle worked as a staff nurse in acute care at Preston Royal Infirmary and then in acute care of older people at Queen Mary’s Hospital Sidcup as both a staff nurse and a ward sister. She completed an MSc in Gerontology at Kings College in 2001. In 2004 Michelle took up the post of practice development nurse for older people at Newham University Hospital in East London, developing educational programmes in dementia and rehabilitation. In 2010 Michelle was appointed Consultant Nurse for Older People at Newham University Hospital and later Barts Health NHS Trust. In this post she led the Older People’s Liaison Service at Newham University Hospital and worked with Newham Memory services specialising in the assessment and diagnosis of dementia in the acute hospital setting and the management of swallowing and eating problems in advanced dementia. 

Michelle is currently undertaking her PhD looking at the timeliness of a dementia diagnosis during acute hospital admission. 

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Jo James

Lead Nurse for Dementia

Jo is currently working as Lead Nurse for Dementia at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. She qualified as a registered general nurse in 1988 and completed an MSc in Medical Anthropology in 1997. She recently graduated as a King’s Older People’s Nursing Fellow. Jo specialised initially in Emergency Care and service redesign. Since 2008, she has specialised in the care of older people and people with dementia. She has been involved in local and national initiatives to improve care of patients with dementia in hospital including developing training materials, an innovative nutrition and hydration project and championing partnership working with people with dementia and carers.  

Jo’s particular areas of interest are hearing the voice of people with dementia, pain assessment in dementia, nutrition and hydration in dementia and meaningful activity in acute settings. Jo has several publications on refugee care and care of survivors of torture as well as on care of people with dementia in the hospital setting. Alongside her team at Imperial, their book on Excellent Dementia Care in Hospitals will be published in March 2017 as part of the University of  Bradford Dementia Good Practice Guides.    

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Page last updated - 21/11/2018