Core faculty members are involved in the development of the whole project. They provide oversight to the direction of the series as they develop and provide content and review for their area of expertise. This is to ensure that each individual episode, as well as each series is of relevance to the wider MDT and remains balanced.

Dr Iain Wilkinson – Consultant Geriatrician at East Surrey Hospital

Iain Wilkinson is a Consultant Geriatrician with a special interest in Orthogeriatrics and movement disorders at Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust. He is a fellow of the higher education academy and has a longstanding interest in medical education and educational research.


Dr Jo Preston – Consultant Geriatrician at St. George’s University Hospital 

Jo Preston is a Consultant Geriatrician at St George’s Hospitals Healthcare NHS Trust. She is interested in the role of education as a fundamental driver for service improvement.


Tracy Szekely – Occupational TherapistSenior Lecturer/Practice Placement Tutor, School of Health Sciences, Eastbourne


Tracy Szekely is a senior lecturer at Brighton university on the pre registration MSc Occupational programme where she has also the practice placement tutor. In this role she has developed diverse placements for all OT students in areas including residential homes, sheltered housing and a carers break service. She has a special interest in inter disciplinary practice and is the module leader for a later life studies post graduate module for a practitioners working in the UK and abroad. 


Sarah-Jane Ryan – Senior Lecturer in PhysiotherapySchool of Health Sciences, Eastbourne


Sarah-Jane qualified as a physiotherapist in 1998.   She previously worked clinically in South London before relocating to the South Coast to take up her current post as Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy at the University of Brighton.  Her clinical and research areas of interest are practice education, rheumatology, pain and aquatic physiotherapy.  Sarah-Jane is the physiotherapy advisor for the MDTea podcast research project. 


Pam Trangmar – Physician Associate in Orthogeriatric Medicine at East Surrey Hospital


Pam is a qualified Physician Associate and has worked along the medical team in Orthogeriatrics for the last 18 months. During her time with Orthogeriatrics she has become interested in Dementia and has initiated the Comfort blanket scheme for affected patients. She has also recently started as a lecturer at Canterbury Christchurch University on their new Physician Associate programme. In her spare time she likes to cook and enjoys reading and films.


Wendy Grosvenor – Dementia Nurse Specialist and Lecturer at University of Surrey


Wendy is a teaching fellow specialising in dementia and care of older people at University of Surrey and teaches on both undergraduate and postgraduate nursing programmes. Currently undertaking a PhD (part-time) as part of a larger educational project involving people with dementia and undergraduate students.

Dr Gabor Szekely – General Practitioner and Community Clinician in Elderly Care, Brighton [Series 2 onwards]


Gabor is a semi-retired General Practitioner with an interest in elderly care. He qualified in 1980 and completed his training in General Practice in 1984. After a spell working overseas in Africa, he  became a principal in a practice in South London for 13 years, where he also held a post as Clinical Assistant in Community Elderly Care linked with St. Thomas’ Hospital for 7 years until moving down to Lewes, Sussex in 2000. Here he spent a further 15 years in practice before retiring as a partner. He now pursues his interest in elderly care working two days a week at an intermediate care centre in Hove, as well as doing some work in A&E and as an “out of hours” practitioner.


Jackie Lelkes – Social Work Lecturer at University of Brighton [Series 2 onwards]
Jackie is a Senior Lecturer in Social work, at the University of Brighton, where she is the course leader for the BSc (Hons) Social Work. A qualified Social Worker, with a practice background in hospital social work and Intermediate Care. Jackie has a longstanding interest in Mental Capacity, Safeguarding and the social work role with older people.

Mairéad O’Malley – Pharmacist, Kent, Surrey & Sussex Academic Health Science Network [Series 3 onwards]


Mairéad qualified in 2009 and has worked in elderly care since 2011 and has been lead pharmacist in the area since 2013. She is currently onsecondment with AHSN working on a pilot community project in Brighton & Hove supporting older adults at risk of medication related harm or admission to secondary care taking referrals from Age UK crisis line, BSUH NHS Trust, care homes and primary care GP’s and pharmacists.


Adam Buckler – Pharmacist at East Surrey Hospital [Series 1&2]


Adam Buckler has over 7 years’ experience of working as a hospital pharmacist within the NHS.  He completed his postgraduate diploma in General Pharmacy Practice in 2013 and has since worked at Surrey & Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust (SASH) as a lead pharmacist for Electronic Prescribing and Medicines Administration (EPMA) before moving into the field of education and training. He now supports both undergraduate and postgraduate pharmacy training and is passionate about inter-professional learning.


Frances Scott – Improvement Manager, Kent Surrey & Sussex Academic Health Science Network [Series 1&2]


Frances has been involved in a wide range of improvement and change projects working for Kent Surrey & Sussex Academic Health Science Network. She enjoys working with enthusiastic clinical teams on improvement projects and the development of health and care services particularly aimed to improve outcomes and benefits to care for patients and residents in the community.


Dr Tapiwa Moffatt – Technology Enhanced Learning Fellow, Geriatric Medicine, East Surrey Hospital

Tapiwa is part of the orthogeriatrics team at East Surrey Hospital, and is also involved in delivering simulation teaching in geriatric medicine, both in hospital and in the community. She is currently working on expanding the simulation programme across Surrey and Sussex care homes.

Tapiwa has a special interest in medicolegal issues including mental capacity and consent.


Dr Alice O’Connor, Technology Enhanced Learning Fellow, Geriatric Medicine, East Surrey Hospital

Alice is a Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) Fellow at East Surrey Hospital and part of the MDTea Core Faculty for this academic year. She also works as a registrar on the Frailty unit and OPALS team at East Surrey, teaches students and junior doctors, is working on evaluation of the SBAR simulation programme in care homes, and is completing a PGCME at Brighton and Sussex Medical School (among other things). Her areas of special interest include dementia and acute geriatrics.


Guest faculty are colleagues who help us to develop specific episodes.

Isla Jones – Specialist Speech & Language Therapist, Health & Ageing Unit, King’s College Hospital

Episodes 1.04: Communication in Cognitive Impairment & 2.08: Nutrition


Isla is particularly interested in dementia, delirium, capacity and medical ethics as it applies to decisions around nutrition, hydration and end of life care.  She has previously spent two years working at Mulago hospital in Uganda developing the speech and language therapy service there.  Isla has also worked at University College London as a teaching fellow.  She completed her Masters at UCL.  She has worked primarily in acute environments since qualification.

Dr Kimberly Kok – Geriatric and General Medicine Registrar, South East London Deanery.

Episode 1.05: Capacity

Kimberley Kok has an MA in Medical Ethics and Law and has a particular interest in how this applies in clinical practice. She is the chair of the British Geriatric Society trainees council and a 2015/16 Darzi Fellow. She has a strong interest in inter-professional education to develop strong working practices for older adults.


Dr Gaggandeep Singh Alg – Geriatric and General Medicine Registrar currently at Royal Berkshire Hospital

Episode 1.09: Dizziness

Episode 3.02: Constipation

Dr G S ALG (2)

Gaggandeep has an interest in Medical Education and Research and is currently doing a Masters in Medical Education. A keen educator who regularly teaches students nationwide through work and his charity the British Sikh Doctors Organisation.


Dr Yousiff Abosuleman – Stroke Consultant at East Surrey Hospital

Episode 2.02: Acute Stroke – Recognition and Management

Dr Mark Garside – Stroke Consultant 

Episode 2.02: Acute Stroke – Recognition and Management

Mark is a consultant stroke physician in Northumbria Healthcare NHS Trust. He is a co-founder of the Association for Elderly Medicine Education ( He graduated from Newcastle University in 2004 and remained in the North East for his postgraduate training, which has included an MD in educational research. During his time as a teaching and research fellow, he developed a simulation-based training programme around the acute assessment and management of stroke patients.

Liz Hagon – Physiotherapist

Episode 2.02: Acute Stroke – Recognition and Management

Liz is a senior physio, specialising in neurology for the past 8 years. She has worked across all settings of the NHS, from the very acute into the community, currently based within a specialist neurosciences centre. She has a special interest in early acute rehab, especially in minimally conscious patients.

Dr Alun Cooper – General Practitioner

Episodes 2.03: Bone Health & 2.09: Falls Prevention


Alun has recently retired from Primary Care and from being the clinical lead for the Crawley Fracture Liaison Service (FLS). This was the first FLS to be based in Primary Care. He continues as  a member  of the National Osteoporosis Guideline Group (NOGG) and a Fellow of the National Osteoporosis Society Clinical and Scientific Group. Currently he is involved with a revision of the NOGG guideline and the authorship of National Standards for Osteoporosis Services.

Dr Amy Heskett – Community Geriatrician, Kent

Episodes 2.05: Urinary Tract Infections & 2.09: Falls Prevention


Amy works as a Speciality Doctor within the West Kent Urgent Care Home Treatment Service.  This team aims to prevent hospital admissions by working alongside GPs, nurses, carers and paramedics to provide a holistic management plan.  This requires a mix of clinical skills, use of bedside investigations, communication skills and risk management to support patients with frailty or multiple comorbidities for whom admission could detrimental to their condition or support networks.

She writes a blog about her experiences:


Dr Victoria Osman-Hicks – Consultant in Old Age Psychiatry, Southampton

Episodes 2.06: Depression in Older Adults, 4.10: Non-cognitive management of Dementia & 5.05 BPSD Management


Vicki is a jobbing psychiatrist and is lead for undergraduate psychiatry tutor in the locality and honorary senior lecturer at the University of Southampton. She has research and quality improvement experience in anxiety and depression, postgraduate medical education and dementia service improvement.

Simon Otter – Podiatrist

Episode 2.07: Foot Health


Simon is principal lecturer and Academic lead for the Podiatry Division at the University of Brighton. He  teaches into a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses for both allied health professionals and medical students across the University. His academic and research interests are in the epidemiology of foot complaints in chronic disease (particularly rheumatology) and the impact these have on the individual.

Meg Barne – Dietician, Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge.

Episode 2.08: Nutrition

Meg currently works as a parenteral nutrition and gastroenterology dietitian but has previously for many years as a surgical dietitian. As part of this role she got involved in a number of projects to improve nutrition in older adults with hip fractures patients and went on to do research in this area.

Mili Doshi – Dentist, East Surrey Hospital

Episode 2.08: Nutrition

Episode 3.05: Mouth Care and Oral Health

Mili is a consultant in special care dentistry providing dental care for a range of people with extreme special care needs.  Mili is also the clinical lead for Mouth Care Matters,  a HEE intiative that is working to improve mouth care for vulnerable adults and raise awareness of the links of oral health and general health across Kent, Surrey and Sussex.

Anna Volkmer – Speech and Language Therapist

Episode 2.10: Interventions in Early Dementia

Anna is a highly specialist speech and language therapist, lecturer and NIHR Doctoral Research Fellow. Anna qualified from UCL as a speech and language therapist  in 2002 and has since worked with adults with acquired communication difficulties. She spent 5 years working in Melbourne, Australia returning to the UK in 2010. Anna has a special interest in communication interventions for people with dementia and primary progressive aphasia and on issues around mental capacity. She has published books on both these topics. She is currently studying for her PhD at UCL and lectures on the MSc in dementia and the MSc in speech sciences at UCL. She regularly blogs about her research:

Alison Fitzgerald – Nurse & OPAL Team Leader

Episode 3.7 Community Interface

Alison is a RGN who is  employed as a team leader for the Opal (Older Persons Assessment and Liaison) Service at St George’s Hospital, Tooting. She has worked as District Nurse and in an Intermediate Care team prior to this role. She is interested in joint working across the Community and Hospital interface in order to provide high standards of care for Frail Older people.


Mary Ni Lochlainn – Doctor

Episode 4.03: Sex and Older Adults


Mary Ni Lochlainn is an Academic Clinical Fellow in Geriatric Medicine, based at King’s College Hospital, London. Mary has just completed her term as British Geriatric Society (BGS) junior member’s representative on their trainee’s council, and continues to sit on their e-learning working group. Mary’s interest in sexual activity and ageing began following a successful submission to the BGS Amulree Essay prize.


Dr Bernard Ho – Clinical Fellow in Dermatology & Lymphovascular Medicine

Episodes 4.05 Skin Care & 5.03: Red Legs, Swollen Legs

Bernard Ho is a clinical fellow in dermatology and Lymphovascular medicine at St George’s Hospital in London. He has an avid interest in geriatric dermatology and medical education. He sits as the treasurer in the British Society of Geriatric Dermatology.



Dr Cate Bailey – Psychiatry Trainee

Episodes 4.10: Non-cognitive management of Dementia, 5.01: Psychodynamic Approaches to Care of Older Adults & 5.05: BPSD Management

Dr Juliette Brown – Psychiatry Trainee

Episode 5.01: Psychodynamic Approaches to Care of Older Adults

Chris O’Connor – Consultant Admiral Nurse

Episodes 5.05: BPSD Managment, 5.07 DOLS & 5.10 Supporting Carers

Dr Philippa Christie – Core Medical Trainee

Episode 5.07: DOLS

Dr Neurban Kumaran – Ophthalmologist

Episode 4.06: Vision

Kerry Downes – Audiologist

Episode 5.08: Hearing