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DH names tsars for older people and dementia

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Professor Alistair Burns and Professor David Oliver have been appointed to new clinical directorships in the Department of Health, it has been announced.

As national clinical director for older people, Professor Oliver, will use his experience as consultant physician and clinical director at the Royal Berkshire Foundation Trust to lead the cross-government ageing strategy

Care services minister Phil Hope said: “Professor Oliver is a leader in older people’s healthcare and knows how public services work. His influence will be critical in enabling us to ensure that all older people get the services that they need as individuals.”

Working closely with him will be Professor Burns, who has been appointed national clinical director for dementia. He was involved in developing the South Manchester Memory Clinic and old age psychiatry general hospital liaison service.

Professor Burns, who is currently professor of old age psychiatry at Manchester University and the Manchester Academic Health Science Centre, said: “The challenge now is to build on this to make a real positive difference to people with dementia, their families and carers. I very much look forward to working with colleagues to realise this ambition.”

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  • Congratulations on the appoitments, now lets see if the governement will listen to them and act to improve the care of particularly those people suffering with dementia.

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