Guest Faculty


Guest faculty provide specialist viewpoints and have participated in one or many episodes of the MDTea podcast

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

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.

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

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.



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

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.



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Dr Yousiff Abosuleman – Stroke Consultant at East Surrey Hospital

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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.



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Liz Hagon – Physiotherapist

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.

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Dr Alun Cooper – General Practitioner

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.

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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:



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

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.She writes a blog about her experiences:

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Simon Otter – Podiatrist

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.

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Meg Barne – Dietician, Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge.

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.

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Mili Doshi – Dentist, East Surrey Hospital

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.

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Anna Volkmer – Speech and Language Therapist

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:



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Alison Fitzgerald – Nurse & OPAL Team Leader

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.

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Mary Ni Lochlainn – Doctor

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. 



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Dr Bernard Ho – Clinical Fellow in Dermatology & Lymphovascular Medicine

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.



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Dr Cate Bailey – Psychiatry Trainee

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Dr Juliette Brown – Psychiatry Trainee

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Chris O’Connor – Consultant Admiral Nurse

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Dr Philippa Christie – Core Medical Trainee

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Dr Neurban Kumaran – Ophthalmologist

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Kerry Downes – Audiologist