Tuesday 2 May 2017

Newcastle clinician named ‘rising star’

NIHR Newcastle Biomedical Research Centre training contact has received the Rising Star Award

Dr James Frith, Clinical Senior Lecturer at Newcastle University and a Consultant Geriatrician in the Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, has received the British Geriatrics Society Rising Star Award.

This award, now in its third year, was created to recognise young doctors, nurses and AHPs who have made exceptional contributions to the field of older people’s health care, early in their career.

Dr Frith joined Newcastle University in 2007 and completed his PhD in 2010 in the NIHR Newcastle Biomedical Research Centre, spreading his work across clinical and academic responsibilities during this time.

His clinical and research interests include falls and dizziness, but with a particular focus on a condition called orthostatic hypotension, where blood pressure drops on standing up (most of us have experienced a mild form of this when having a ‘head rush’).

Funded by the highly competitive and prestigious NIHR Clinician Scientist award, he is now half way through a 5-year programme of research identifying therapies to treat orthostatic hypotension.

Alongside this, working with Newcastle University, Dr Frith has developed an online course for people who fall, entitled: Ageing Well: Falls, which has reached a staggering 15,000 enrolments from 90 countries in the past three years.

Dr Frith will continue to perform his research, translating it into clinical practice to improve the quality of life for older people living with falls and dizziness.