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Sub theme 1 - Managing multi-morbidity across health and social care

This sub theme aims to improve lives for people living with multiple health conditions in NHS care and in social care settings.

Professor Helen Roberts is Professor of Medicine for Older People at the University of Southampton. Helen trained in medicine at the University of Birmingham. She has a clinical practice as a Consultant in Geriatric Medicine at University Hospital Southampton and specialises in the management of Parkinson’s disease. Helen leads the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network Ageing Specialty Group which represents all NHS regions, promotes research into ageing and aims to ensure that older people have the opportunity to take part in research studies.

Helen's own research focus is on nutrition, physical activity, frailty, and sarcopenia in older people and those with Parkinson’s. She is the lead for ageing research within the NIHR Southampton Biomedical Research Centre and principal investigator on studies of nutrition and sarcopenia in older people, collaborating with researchers at the MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit, the Universities of Reading, Newcastle and Kings College London. Her research group has recently studied the implementation of grip strength measurement into routine practice and the impact of trained volunteers on mealtime care and physical activity of older people in hospital.

Listed are projects awaiting approval

  • Improving physical activity of older people in the community through trained volunteers: The ImPACt study - due to start January 2020