Introducing Professor Julia Newton, AHSN NENC Medical Director

Written by Julia Newton on 21st September 2017

Hi, I’m Julia Newton and I am currently Professor of Ageing & Medicine at Newcastle University where I have worked since 2006.

I qualified from Newcastle University Medical School in 1990 and after several rotations around the Northern region, entered into Specialty Training in Geriatric Medicine which I completed in 2000.  During my training, I also completed a PhD at Newcastle University with Professor Oliver James as my supervisor!

In 2000 I was appointed as Consultant Geriatrician in the Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and worked there until transferring to the University in 2006.

I was promoted to Professor of Ageing & Medicine in 2008 and subsequently became Dean of Clinical Medicine in the Faculty of Medical Sciences.  More recently I have been Director of Newcastle Academic Health Partners, the formal relationship between NTW Mental Health Trust, Newcastle University and Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.  I have a clinical interest in Falls & Syncope working in the unit in the RVI and also have a clinical research interest in symptom management with a particular interest in the symptom of fatigue.

I launched the Fatigue CRESTA at the Campus for Ageing & Vitality in Newcastle in 2013, a clinical service which, I’m very pleased to say, subsequently won the Bright Ideas in Health Award in 2015 in the Service Improvement category.

I currently have four PhD students and over 200 publications.

In my free time I love skiing, spending time with my teenage family and holidaying as much as my annual leave allows.

I’m really excited about joining the AHSN NENC team having met many of the AHSN and Patient Safety Collaborative team when heading up the North East NIHR Patient Safety Translational Research Centre application.  It was during that time when I realised the impressive work that was going on in the North East and North Cumbria and met some of the hugely talented people who were involved.  It was at that point I decided that I would love to be part of this. I have worked with Oliver James over the whole of my career in a variety of different guises and am delighted to be continuing that relationship.