Alistair Burns

National Clinical Director for Dementia

Professor Alistair Burns (MBChB, FRCP, FRCPsych, MD, MPhil, DHMSA) is Professor of Old Age Psychiatry at the University of Manchester and the Manchester Health Academic Health Science Centre and an Honorary Consultant Old Age Psychiatrist in the Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust. Read the latest news from the DH on Alistair Burns below.

About Alistair Burns: Graduated in medicine in Glasgow in 1980 and trained in psychiatry at the Maudsley Hospital and Institute of Psychiatry in London. Became Foundation Chair of Old Age Psychiatry in the University of Manchester in 1992, where he has been Head of the Division of Psychiatry and is currently Deputy Dean in the Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences.

He leads the old age liaison psychiatry service in the University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Trust, where he has been Director of Research and Development and also Non-Executive Director and Vice-Chairman of the Hospital Board.

Professor Burns is Past President of the International Psychogeriatric Association, on the board of the European Association of Geriatric Psychiatry, chair of the UK Alzheimer’s Society Medical and Scientific Panel, an Associate Director of the UK Dementia and Neurodegenerative Diseases Network and member of the Medical Research Council College of Experts.

He is Editor of the International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, Assistant Editor of the British Journal of Psychiatry, and on the Editorial Boards of International Psychogeriatrics and Advances in Psychiatric Treatment.

Hip fractures and dementia

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National Clinical Director for Dementia, Professor Alistair Burns talks in a video blog about fragility fractures and the association with dementia .

Living well with dementia: a Design Council challenge

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In his latest video blog Alistair Burns, National Clinical Director for Dementia talks about the joint project between the Department of Health and the Design Council to develop new design-led ideas for … Read more → – Living well with dementia: a Design Council challenge

Spotting the signs of dementia

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A new campaign to raise awareness of the early signs and symptoms of dementia has being launched. Aimed at encouraging more people to seek an early diagnosis of dementia, the campaign targets … Read more → – Spotting the signs of dementia

The provision of memory services in England

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In his latest video blog, National Clinical Director for Dementia Professor Alistair Burns outlines the key findings from a report to find out how well the provision of memory services … Read more → – The provision of memory services in England

Raising dementia awareness

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In his latest video blog, National Clinical Director for Dementia Professor Alistair Burns talks about World Alzheimer’s Day and some of the other national campaigns that are currently working to raise awareness of … Read more → – Raising dementia awareness

Living well with dementia: A Design Council challenge

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A national challenge has been launched by the Design Council, in partnership with the Department of Health, to develop new design-led ideas for products and services that make life simpler and … Read more → – Living well with dementia: A Design Council challenge

Dementia commissioning pack launched

A new resource to support clinical commissioning groups in designing and purchasing high quality dementia services has been launched. The dementia commissioning pack provides a set of tools and templates … Read more → – Dementia commissioning pack launched