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Institute of Gerontology Alumni

Many of our graduates have gone on to work in strategic positions influencing the lives of older people in geriatrics, psychiatry and other health sectors, social care and social policy. Others have pursued research careers through PhD and academic research, or are working in central or local government, voluntary organisations or NGOs. Find out more from the profiles below:

Henry Alexander, Consultant in Older People's Medicine 

Programme: MSc Gerontology

I had been qualified for nine years and was several years into a training rotation in Geriatric medicine. I had met several World War II veterans in my first few years of work and was keen to pursue a career in Geriatric medicine. I didn’t feel I wanted to take time out to carry out research, but I was interested in learning more about the social aspects of ageing and older people's lives.

I think the MSc has helped me a great deal. It has given me a better understanding of the theories of ageing, an introduction to the social aspects and psychological aspects confronting older people and I found the psychiatry module especially useful and specific to my needs. It shows I’m committed to learning about older people, and looking at solutions to the problems we encounter in the NHS.

All the staff at IoG were extremely knowledgeable and approachable. I learnt much from fellow students, who were from medicine, allied professions and other interesting areas outside the NHS. The course was varied and it stretched me in new areas, particularly the psychology and sociology which I had rather ignored at medical school.

I am now Lead Consultant for Elderly Care at Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals Trust. I have helped develop several new services including the care of frail older adults who have suffered a hip fracture.I would certainly recommend the course to anyone who is interested in furthering their understanding of ageing and older people.

Enid Irving, Editor AgeUK

Programme: MSc Gerontology

I was already working for Age Concern - having a MSc gave me more authority and confidence. I still work part time editing a national bi-monthly newsletter for older people, photographing UK events and much smaller ones. I was already a mature student and wish very much that I had studied the subject earlier. I have chaired the Alzheimer's Society in Islington, was a trustee at AC Islington, have been co-opted into numerous Government meetings. This was a second career for me. I am now working with older actors.

Ian Mack, Chair of Clinical Executive

Programme: MSc Gerontology

The MSc programme helped me to develop critical and analytical skills, also to look at issues from a number of perspectives. The research dissertation further developed these skills and allowed me to speak with some authority on the area under consideration.

As well as being Chair of the Clinical Executive of NHS Norfolk from October 2009, prior to that I was a member of the Clinical Executive. I am the Clinical lead for Stroke and helped develop Stroke pathways, and their implementation into a new Stroke Service. I am also the Clinical Lead for Integrated Care Pilots in Norfolk, and Co-Chair of the Long Term Conditions Board. In these areas services are being developed that cut across traditional professional boundaries and involve users and carers in shaping services. I visited Sweden as part of a multi professional group from the East of England and am now supporting the development of a new Dementia strategy.

Michele Board, Senior Lecturer Nursing Older People

Programme: MSc Gerontology

I had been wanting to study Gerontology for some time before I actually began the programme at King's. I was a senior nurse and was keen to deepen my understanding of older people, having worked in that field all my nursing career.  Completing the course gave me the confidence to articulate the needs of older people, something I find I have to do frequently! A highlight of the course was meeting so many like minded people and not having to defend the needs of those aged over 65 years.

I chose KCL for the location. I live in Dorset and it only takes 2 hours to get to London. What I failed to appreciate at that time was the expertise of those who delivered the course. Once on the course I was inspired by the knowledge and enthusiasm of all the academic staff.  Now as a lecturer myself I am even more impressed with the delivery of material by those involved in the research.

I would definitely recommend the course to others, my advice would be enjoy the chance to work with those at the forefront of ageing research. The course is demanding but so worth the effort.



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