Dr Gregor Russell is a Consultant Old Age Psychiatrist with Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust (BDCFT). He completed an MD in 2014, investigating the relationship between complex visual hallucinations, dementia, and eye disease. Gregor is the R&D Director for BDCFT, overseeing the Trust’s research strategy, leading the delivery of CLEAR, the Trust’s biennial research conference, and supporting the Trust’s R&D Department in the successful delivery of NIHR portfolio studies across a wide range of subjects. He leads the Trust’s involvement with the innovative “City of Research” project, developing closer working relationships between NHS Trusts, Universities and the Local Authority in research delivery.
Gregor has also acted as medical lead for dementia for BDCFT, introducing service developments to improve the detection of Lewy body dementia in memory clinic, supporting the development of a specialist young onset dementia pathway, and leading collaborative work with the palliative care team to improve the quality of care on the Trust’s Dementia Assessment Unit.
Gregor has contributed to work that supported introducing access to Positron Emission Scanning in memory clinics in West Yorkshire, and to the development of NHS England good practice guide for Memory Assessment services. He also contributed to the development of the NHS England toolkit supporting deprescribing of antipsychotics in dementia. He acts as Specialty Research Lead for Dementia for the Yorkshire and Humber Clinical Research Network, and in this role has organised conferences to engage clinicians in research delivery across the region.
Gregor research interests cover applied health research, with a focus on investigating how to support and improve care for older people with cognitive problems. This has included work on improving the quality of inpatient care in dementia, on end of life care and dementia, on brain health, and on developing core outcome sets for delirium. Other areas have included work on improving physical health outcomes in SMI, and on the relationship between visual hallucinations, cognitive impairment and eye disease.