CLAHRC Fellow 2014
Annabel trained as a doctor at the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine, qualifying in 2001. After completing house jobs she spent a year in Australia working in A+E and palliative care. On returning to the UK she trained as a psychiatrist at the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust, combining her higher clinical with academic training as a clinical lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry. During this time she developed her interest in mental health at the end of life. Since August 2013 she has been a consultant liaison psychiatrist at Addenbrooke’s Hospital working in the older people’s service. Annabel’s CLAHRC Fellowship project uses routine anonymised NHS secondary care records to examine presentation, outcome and diagnostic trends in Mild Cognitive Impairment and Dementia. This study utilises the anonymised searchable Clinical Records Interactive Search (CRIS) database within Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Foundation Trust to access all existing secondary care records to determine the frequency of both generic (i.e. dementia, mild cognitive impairment) and sub-type specific (i.e. Alzheimer’s disease, Vascular dementia, dementia with Lewy bodies) diagnoses of those presenting with cognitive problems over the last 10 years. The project has since been further funded by the Alzheimer’s society to continue this work.