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Peri-operative enhanced recovery hip fracture of patients with dementia



Chief Investigator

Prof Chris Fox

Chief investigator and PERFECTED lead. Prof Fox is a Clinical Senior Lecturer/Honorary Consultant Psychogeriatrician based on the Norwich Medical School. His main areas of work involve evidence based mental health, pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions in dementia.

Phone: +44 (0)1603 593583  Email:


Core team

Dr Simon Hammond

Programme Manager for the PERFECTED research programme. He is responsible for the day-to-day running of the research programme under the direct guidance of Dr Fox and is also a Research Fellow in Qualitative Methods for PERFECTED. Dr Hammond is based in Norwich Medical School and has expertise in participatory and qualitative methods.

Phone: +44 (0)1603 591460   Email:


 Nick Leavey

Trial Manager for the PERFECTED WP3 Study and based in the Norwich Clinical Trials Unit. Nick has an MSc in Sports Sciences and Applied Physiology and has previously worked as a Clinical Trials Monitor and Trial Co-Ordinator, specialising predominantly in Oncology trials within the Pharmaceutical Industry. Nick joined the UEA in September 2014 as the Clinical Trial Manager for a stroke rehabilitation trial called FAST INdICATE, before joining the PERFECTED Team in November 2016

Phone: +44 (0)1603 593899   Email:


 Dr Gregory Howard

Clinical Trial Assistant in Norwich Clinical Trials Unit based in the Norwich Medical School, UEA. Mr Howard has recently completed a PhD and has experience in qualitative and quantitative research in Social Sciences.

Phone: +44 (0)1603 597667   Email:


Dr Tamara Backhouse

Research Associate in Qualitative Methods based in the Norwich Medical School, UEA. Dr Backhouse has recently completed a Ph.D. and has a wide variety of experience in engaging with people with dementia from both a practice and a research perspective.

Phone: +44 (0)1603 597191   Email:


 Dr Vicki McDermott-Thompson

Research Associate in Qualitative Methods in the Norwich Medical School, UEA. Dr McDermott-Thompson has worked on a variety of projects with public engagement as a central feature and has a range of experience in applying qualitative methods.

Phone: +44(0)1603 591528   Email:


 Dr Astrid Coxon

Research Associate in Qualitative Methods in the Norwich Medical School, UEA. Dr Coxon has recently completed a Ph.D. focusing on Enhanced Recovery Pathway implementation and has a range of experience in science communication and the application of qualitative research methods.

Phone: +44(0)1603 593284   Email:



Prof Fiona Poland

Academic lead and overall supervisor of the qualitative research and patient/carer/public involvement across the programme. Prof Poland is a Professor of Social Research Methodology in the School of Rehabilitation Sciences at UEA, her expertise is in study design, dementia care including paid and family carers, participative research and embedded qualitative research.

Phone: +44 (0)1603 593630   Email:


Dr Jane Cross

Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy at the School of Rehabilitation Sciences, UEA. Dr Cross is the lead for Work Package 1 (WP1) and has expertise in study design, rehabilitation, education and development, trials and qualitative research.

Phone: +44 (0)1603 593315   Email:


Ms Bridget Penhale

Reader in Mental Health of Older People, School of Nursing Sciences, UEA. Dr Penhale will use her expertise in qualitative research, discharge from hospital and social aspects of dementia, dignity, ethics and social care practice to assist the project throughout.

Phone: +44 (0)1603 597016   Email:


Prof Lee Shepstone

A Professor of Medical Statistics in the Norwich Medical School, UEA. Professor Shepstone is the academic lead for statistics and for definitive study development in WP4. He is the lead for the development of the pilot trial methodology.

Phone: +44 (0)1603 592100   Email:


ProfSimon Donell

Honorary Professor in Department of Trauma & Orthopaedics, Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Prof Donell is the academic lead on orthopaedics and the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals site lead. His expertise is in orthopaedics and management and pathways of patients with femoral fractures and secondary care perspectives of patients with concomitant dementia.


Prof Robert Howard

A Professor of Old Age Psychiatry and Psychopathology, Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London. Prof Howard has expertise is in study design, data interpretation research staff training and on the development of interventions and assessments for patients with dementia.

Phone: +44 (0)20 7848 0545   Email:


Prof Stephen Jackson

Professor of Clinical Gerontology, King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.  Prof Jackson has expertise is in geriatric pharmacology, study design, best practice and practice education in dementia care in general hospitals.

Phone: +44 (0)20 3299 6071


Prof Opinder Sahota

Honorary Professor in Orthogeriatric Medicine at the University of Nottingham. Prof Sahota has expertise in best practice and practice education in dementia care in general hospitals.


Prof Justin Waring

A Professor of Health Systems &Policy in the Business School at the University of Nottingham, Prof Waring is the academic lead in organisational and change management and WP1-3 delivery team member. He will be involved in the development of professional engagement design and analysis and the change manual.

Phone: +44 (0)115 9515117   Email:


Prof Martin Knapp

Professor of Social Policy at the London School of Economics. Prof Knapp is the academic lead for Health economics with a wealth of experience in this arena.

Phone: +44 (0)20 7955 6225    Email:


Prof John Young

A Professor of Elderly Care Medicine at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Prof Young has specific expertise in the prevention of delirium and will be involved in the development of the intervention and provide advice on implementation on trauma wards.

Phone: +44 (0)1274 383406   Email:


Prof Alasdair MacLullich

Professor of Geriatric Medicine at University of Edinburgh. Prof Maclullich will contribute to study design, particularly with respect to the recruitment and training of research staff. His expertise is in interventions and assessments in geriatric medical settings. He will facilitate the best practice survey and be active in data analysis.

Phone: +44 (0)131 242 6481   Email:


Prof Clive Ballard

A Professor of Age Related Diseases at Kings College London, Prof Ballard will be coordinating the public and patient involvement in design and study delivery.His expertise is on care pathway design and implementation.

Phone: +44 (0)20 7848 8054   Email:


Miss Jo Walmsley

An Operational Manager at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Miss Walmsley will contribute corporate support to the programme.



Dr Toby Smith

Lecturer in Physiotherapy in the School of Rehabilitation Sciences, UEA. Dr Smith leads the systematic review element of WP1 and has expertise in conducting randomised controlled trials and research synthesis, and has published over 120 peer-review papers on various topics, including a number of Cochrane reviews.

Phone: +44 (0)1603 593087   Email:

 Dr Pat Chung

Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy at Canterbury Christ Church University. Dr Chung has expertise in dementia care practice and education, qualitative research design and evaluation, rehabilitation and enablement in dementia. She has published peer-review papers on topics including family caregiving in dementia and activity engagement in dementia.

Phone: +44 (0)1227 782185     Email:


International collaborators

Prof Malaz Boustani

Associate Professor of Medicine, Indiana University, US.Prof Boustani has carried out several research projects into the care of dementia patients in primary care settings. He is a Chief Research Officer at the Indianapolis Discovery Network for Dementia amongst holding other research roles.

Phone:+1 (317) 423-5633   Email:


Prof Yngve Gustafson

A Professor/Senior Physician within Geriatric Community Medicine and Rehabilitation, Umeå University, Sweden.

Phone: +46 907 858760   Email:


Birgitta Olofsson

Assistant Professor/Senior Lecturer at Umeå University, Sweden.

Phone: +46 907 866333   Email: