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Leading consultant in older person’s care joins local commissioning groups

Professor John B Young, a leading consultant in older person’s care and professor of elderly care medicine at the University of Leeds, has joined NHS Bradford City and NHS Bradford Districts Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) as secondary care consultant on their governing bodies.

John joined the governing bodies of the two CCGs at the beginning of April and is providing oversight on commissioning strategy and CCG performance, using his extensive experience. It is a statutory requirement that CCG governing bodies have a secondary care doctor member. 

Commenting on John’s appointment, Dr Akram Khan, clinical chair of NHS Bradford City CCG said: “I am delighted that John is able to bring his knowledge and experience to the work of the governing bodies as it will add huge value to the work of the CCGs.” 

Prof John Young 2016 (2)

John has worked in Bradford for over 30 years. He trained at Middlesex Hospital in London before moving to Bradford in 1986, joining the team at Bradford Royal Infirmary (BRI) as consultant in geriatric medicine. John developed numerous new services at the BRI including an elderly care assessment unit, a stroke unit and an ortho-geriatric unit.

In 2005 John was appointed by the University of Leeds to set up a new Academic Unit of Elderly Care and Rehabilitation. This is based in the Bradford Institute of Health Research at Bradford Royal Infirmary and has become one of the largest research units of its type in the UK.

John was seconded to the Department of Health (now the Department of Health and Social Care) in 2001 where he worked until 2007, assisting with the National Service Framework for Older People, before moving to NHS England from 2013 to 2016 as national clinical director for the frail elderly and integration.

Commenting on his appointment, John said: “I’m delighted to join NHS Bradford CCGs as secondary care consultant where I will be to working to continually improve health outcomes and reduce health inequalities for the people of Bradford.

“Geriatric Medicine is the largest medical specialty in the NHS in England and is a generalist specialty, meaning that it supports patients with varied and often complex health needs. As a result I’ve had the opportunity to work across a broad range of specialties including cancer (oncology) and surgical specialties to ensure older patients receive the right care, at the right time, first time. 

 “I have worked continuously in the NHS since 1977 and in Bradford for over 30 years. I retain a deep affection for the city, its people and its health and social care system. I’m proud to join a commissioning team that is committed to ensuring patients receive safe, high quality care and I’m looking forward to sharing my experience from both my clinical and academic roles.”

John is a keen runner and a proud member of the Bob Graham 24 Hour Club after completing the famous Bob Graham Round (a 66 mile, 27,000 feet running circuit of 42 of the highest peaks in the Lake District within 24 hours). He lives with his wife and cat in Ilkley where he is a new member of the Ilkley Harriers running club.

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