New chief medical officer

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Former BBC presenter and National ‘Tsar’ for Older People, Professor Ian Philp CBE, will shortly begin work in this region.

Professor Philp will take up his new role as Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust’s Chief Medical Officer on Monday 2 September, and comes to Hull with an impressive track record.

He has a special interest in the health and well-being of older people, having spent eight years working as the Department of Health’s National Clinical Director (‘Tsar’) for Older People between 2000 and 2008. Professor Philp has also been an advisor to the World Health Organisation and numerous governments across the globe on the care of older people, and also co-presented the BBC1 series “How to Live Longer”.

His most recent role was as Medical Director of South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust, and he is currently the Parliamentary spokesperson for the British Geriatrics Society.

He says:

“I’m excited about starting work at Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, and am very much looking forward to meeting the staff and learning more about some of the great things which are going on in our hospitals across the area.

“I understand both Hull and the East Riding have their own specific health challenges, but I’m looking forward to tackling these with the help of our clinicians and external partners so that we may further improve the care we provide to people across East Yorkshire and beyond.”

Professor Philp was awarded the CBE for services to health care and older people in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in 2008.