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Dr. Lan Philp

Deputy Medical Director | Heart of England NHS Foundation


Dr. Philp joined Heart of England NHS Foundation on 7 July as Deputy Medical Director for Older People




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Dr. Philp joined Heart of England NHS Foundation on 7 July as Deputy Medical Director for Older People. He was previously Chief Medical Officer Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals and is Honorary Professor of Health Care for Older People at Hull York Medical School. He established the Sheffield Institute for Studies on Aging which won, for the University of Sheffield, the Queen’s Award for Higher Education in 2000, for research into improving the quality of life of older people. His research interests are in improving the lives of older people through better assessment and response to their health and care needs (www.easycareproject.org).

Dr. Philp was the National Clinical Director (“Tsar”) for Older People in the Department of Health from 2000 to 2008, leading the development and implementation of the National Service Framework for Older People. He is a member of the Policy and Quality Committees of the British Geriatrics Society. His NHS work focusses on cutting the costs of frailty through early intervention in primary care and more effective response to frailty crisis. His Sheffield team won the UK Hospital Doctor of the Year Award (Older People’s category) in 1998.

He has led the development and implementation of innovative teaching methods in undergraduate medicine, multi-professional learning and vocational training in health care.

Dr. Philp has been an adviser to the World Health Organization and advised governments in many countries on the care of older people. He is a frequent media commentator on healthy ageing and the care of older people and was the co-presenter of the BBC1 series “How to Live Longer” and scientific lead for “The Young Ones”. He was awarded the CBE for services to health care and older people in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in 2008.

Areas of Expertise

VaccinationPerson Centred AssessmentHealth PolicyQuality of LifeHealthcareAdult Vaccination


CBE | professional

Awarded for Services to Health Care and Older People


The University of Edinburgh

M.D., Surgery & Medicine



  • British Geriatrics Society : Parliamentary Spokesperson
  • BGS Member of Quality & Policy & Communications Committees

Media Appearances

Roundtable: Leading the way in developing new care models

HSJ  online


“The change in the workforce is actually driving innovation.” There had been a move towards intermediate care in the early 2000s and it had been developing well, said Professor Ian Philp, chief medical officer at Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals Trust - and a former national clinical director for older people. But then a policy decision had cleaved the healthcare system into two: the NHS and social care...

Patients are being 'kept alive to stop sanctions', Hull's chief medical officer claims

Hull Daily Mail  online


Professor Ian Philp said survival rates for the most desperately ill and frail patients had increased in the past five years after the Mid-Staffordshire hospital scandal, which exposed poor care and high mortality rates. The professor, national clinical director for older people's health while Tony Blair was prime minister, told Hull and East Riding councillors that patients were being kept alive, often against their wishes and the wishes of their families...

Major overhaul of hospital wards to improve patient care

Hull Daily Mail  online


Chief medical officer Professor Ian Philp said: "I am very confident we won't have the trouble we have had this winter next winter. We will be going in very strong."...

Featured Articles

Development of EASY-Care, for Brief Standardized Assessment of the Health and Care Needs of Older People; With Latest Information About Cross-National Acceptability. | J Am Med Dir Assoc, 50(9):


Authors: Philp, I., Mills, K.A., Thanvi, B., Ghosh, K., Long, J.F.

This paper describes how the EASYCare approach to person-centered assessment was developed and its validation across poor, middle income and rich countries.

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Reducing hospital bed use by frail older people: results from a systematic review of the literature: : results from a systematic review of the literature | Int J Integr Care


Authors: Philp, I., Mills, K.A., Thanvi, B., Ghosh, K., Long, J.F.

This paper summarises the evidence-based approaches to reducing avoidable hospital bed use amongst frail older people. System-wide approaches are more effective than individual interventions.

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Reducing anti psychotic prescriptions in primary care: a healthcare perspective | Journal of Public Mental Health


This paper described a successful approach to reducing anti psychotic prescribing in people with dementia in primary care. This goad is important because of persistent inappropriate use of these drugs with lack of efficacy, but increased mortality in people with dementia.

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Screening for cognitive impairment among older people in black and minority ethnic groups | Age and Ageing


ABSTRACT: There is a well-documented tendency for cognitive tests to underestimate the abilities of older people in black and minority ethnic groups. This gives rise to a substantially higher risk of mistaken diagnosis of dementia. Reasons include differences in extent or ...

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The effectiveness of very short scales for depression screening in elderly medical patients | International Journal of Geriatric Surgery


METHODS: Eighty-seven patients over the age of 60 who were admitted to rehabilitation wards or were attending a day rehabilitation facility at a British teaching hospital were screened for depression using the 1-item mental health inventory, and the 4-item, 15-item and 30-item ...

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Care of older people: Maintaining the dignity and autonomy of older people in the healthcare setting | British Medical Journal


This series will explore key issues in the quality of health care for older people. The basis of these articles is the extensive literature reviews undertaken to inform the development of a national service framework for NHS care of older people in England. As a result of an ...

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Developing a new metric for ADLs | Journal of the American Geriatrics Society


BACKGROUND: Most ADL summary measures add up the number of dependencies. They assume an equal weighting among items and require an arbitrary definition of dependency...

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Review: audit measures: quality of life instruments for everyday use with elderly patients | Age and Ageing


Clinical audit has been widely publicized to doctors as' the systematic clinical analysis of the quality of medical care, including procedures used for diagnosis and treatment, the use of resources and the resulting outcome for the patient'[1]. Although some clinicians had ...

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