Investment in psychiatry researchers at University to enhance services for older patients

Patients in Leicestershire experiencing mental health issues in later life are to benefit from an investment into cutting-edge psychiatry research at our University by the Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust (LPT).

The University is appointing new clinical academic posts in adult and old age psychiatry funded by the LPT, two of which are at Professorial level.

The new appointments, based at the University's new medical teaching and research facility at its Centre for Medicine and also at Glenfield Hospital, aim to establish a source of specialist expertise in psychiatry that will enhance research programmes at the University and improve access to specialist care for patients locally.

Professor Terry Brugha (pictured), Professor of Psychiatry in the Department of Health Sciences, said: “These appointments, all of which are at a senior level, will establish a strong base of academic and clinical expertise that will open up new avenues of research for the University and provide access to experienced specialists for patients locally.”

Professor Mohammed Al-Uzri, Divisional Clinical Director at LPT, said: “LPT recognises the importance of working closely with the University of Leicester to develop the best expertise in clinical academia, which will undoubtedly contribute towards delivering the best quality service to our patients. This investment in high quality clinical academics will also offer an attractive incentive in our recruitment push across services, addressing health workforce shortages in the region. It is a fantastic opportunity for all involved. ”