Professor of Dementia and Psychiatry for Aston Medical School, George will be talking about the success of the Rapid Assessment, Interface and Discharge (RAID) model which enables older patients to be discharged from acute hospital back to their own homes, rather than to care homes.
“Our ageing population offers real reasons to celebrate modern medical advances,” he said. “But it also challenges our abilities to provide dignifying and effective medical care - especially in acute hospitals - and challenges our perceptions of ageing and the value of older people.”
He explained that effective liaison psychiatry models were essential to ensure that our health system will be able to meet the needs of our ageing population.
“Since the emergence of psychiatry as a medical speciality, contradictory ideas and concepts have led to an artificial separation of the mind and the body. This has had consequences on medical training, service models and patients’ and carers experiences.”
His talk will explore the issues in dealing with mental ill-health today and demonstrate the link between the mind and the body. The RAID model, digital technology and local collaboration can all be ways of effectively supporting patients and their families. He will also look at the effect dementia has on our ageing population and how current and future research could have a significant impact on current and future generations.
Professor Tadros launched RAID at the Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, where he is a consultant in old age liaison psychiatry and clinical director of urgent care. He established its academic infrastructure and clinical pathways and also the National RAID Network which now has more than 600 members who share good clinical practice in liaison psychiatry.
The RAID model has been praised by the Department of Health and NHS Confederation, recommended for the commissioning of liaison psychiatry, and very favourably evaluated by the London School of Economics for achieving savings through better quality mental healthcare in acute hospitals, rather than through service cuts.
George is currently leading research into cognitive impairment, dementia and mental illness in acute hospitals, including a £250,000 project to examine the effect of cooled haemodialysis on the cognitive functions of patients with end stage chronic kidney disease.
He also has an interest in using new technology in mental health and has received a £2million grant from the innovation department to develop a new digital platform with predictive analytics that will provide a new complete approach to mental health crisis.
The public can attend his inaugural lecture on Tuesday 17 October free of charge. The event runs from 18.30 to 20.30 and will be held in Aston University’s Main Building, Aston Triangle, Birmingham, B4 7ET.
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