Lives of the fellows

James George

b.24 November 1953 d.2 January 2017
MB ChB Liverp(1977) MRCP(1980) FRCP(1993)

James George (known as Jim) was a consultant geriatrician at Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle. He was born in Derbyshire, the son of William Henry George and Elizabeth George. He had two brothers – William and Henry. As a child, he was head boy at his school, the long jump champion and a keen rugby player. He studied medicine at Liverpool University, qualifying in 1977.

He held junior posts in Liverpool and later trained in Leeds and Bradford. He was appointed as a consultant in Carlisle in 1986. He had a particular interest in education and research, and was an honorary senior clinical lecturer at Newcastle University and a lead for specialist and undergraduate training in geriatrics. He was also the lead clinician for research in his hospital trust, and also set up the Parkinson’s disease and falls services at Carlisle.

In 2002 he won a national BUPA award for setting up a joint delirium/dementia ward, which led to a sabbatical working with Ken Rockwood at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia. He was an invited speaker at meetings in the UK and in Hong Kong, New Zealand and Canada.

He was a lead author of the national guidelines on delirium from the British Geriatrics Society and Royal College of Physicians, and was also a member of the NICE guideline group which produced the 2010 guideline on delirium. He was vice president for clinical quality at the British Geriatrics Society.

He published across a range of subjects, including academic papers and book chapters, and was co-author of Acute medicine in the frail elderly (CRC Press, 2013), a book designed to improve the care provided to older people in emergency settings.

In 1978 he married Angela. They had a daughter, Jennifer. He died from bowel cancer. His wife and daughter survived him.

RCP editor

[BMJ 2017 356 1385 www.bmj.com/content/356/bmj.j1385 – accessed 8 May 2019]

(Volume XII, page web)

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