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.

PM’s challenge on dementia – driving improvements in health and care

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In this video blog Professor Alistair Burns, National Clinical Director for Dementia talks about the five areas thought to be particularly important in driving improvements in the health and care … Read more → – PM’s challenge on dementia – driving improvements in health and care

Tackling dementia: live discussion

Put your questions to Alistair Burns, National Clinical Director for Dementia and other panelists in a live discussion on how we can improve services for people with dementia. Join from noon … Read more → – Tackling dementia: live discussion

Gransnet hosts Alistair Burns for a webchat on dementia

Professor Alistair Burns, National Clinical Director for Dementia is joining Gransnet for a live webchat on Monday 2 April, 2-3pm to discuss dementia. How do you respond when someone gets … Read more → – Gransnet hosts Alistair Burns for a webchat on dementia

NHS innovation for dementia

In this video blog Alistair Burns, National Clinical Director for Dementia talks about innovation in the NHS, and the potential to help people who suffer from dementia.

Prime Minister’s challenge on dementia

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The Prime Minister has launched a programme of work which aims to deliver major improvements in dementia care and research by 2015. The Prime Minister’s challenge on dementia builds on … Read more → – Prime Minister’s challenge on dementia

Introducing the national dementia CQUIN

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In a video blog Professor Alistair Burns – National Clinical Director for Dementia, introduces the National Commissioning for quality and innovation (CQUIN) plan. The CQIN will be introduced in April … Read more → – Introducing the national dementia CQUIN

Improving the care environment for people with dementia

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How changes to the healthcare environment can benefit people with dementia. Watch Alistair Burns’ latest video blog.