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Department of Health: New National Clinical Director for Older People

Press Release   •   Jan 25, 2010 11:30 GMT

Professor David Oliver has been appointed as the new National Clinical Director for Older People, the Department of Health announced today.

Professor Oliver will promote better care of older people within the NHS and social care services and will provide clinical leadership for the cross Government Ageing Strategy – "Building a Society for all Ages". He will also lead on work to implement the Prevention Package for Older People and the key findings from Partnerships for Older People Pilots.

He is currently Consultant Physician and Clinical Director at the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust and is an experienced advisor on Government policy for older people.

Care Services Minister Phil Hope said:

"Professor Oliver is a leader in older people’s health care 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."

Professor Oliver said:

"I am delighted to take up this role. Our ageing population is a success story, but as many older people need to access health and social care, getting their care right is key to improving the whole system. This is an exciting opportunity to ensure that the health, wellbeing and independence of older people is at the heart of our work.

"I look forward to meeting as many stakeholders as possible in my first few months."

Professor Oliver will work closely with the new National Clinical Director for Dementia, Alistair Burns, also announced today, to ensure strong leadership in shaping the future of services for an ageing population.

Notes to editors

Professor David Oliver is Consultant Physician and Clinical Director for the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust, visiting Professor of Medicine for Older People at City University London, former Hon Secretary of the British Geriatrics Society and specialist Clinical Advisor to the Department of Health. He has 20 years experience as a Hospital Doctor and 11 years as a Consultant. Professor Oliver also has postgraduate qualifications in health management, health leadership and health care ethics and law and has considerable "hands on" experience of challenges faced by providers and commissioners maintaining a balance between access, capacity, financial balance, demands and external targets.


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