Barnsley District General Hospital and SISA, United Kingdom

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Full name

Barnsley District General Hospital and Sheffield Institute For Studies For Ageing (SISA), United Kingdom

Key contact

Professor Stuart G Parker


Professor Parker is a consultant physician at Barnsley District General Hospital where he is lead clinician in Medicine for Older People. He works in the local health community develop strategy and services for older people which function across the traditional boundaries between health and social care and acute and community services.

Parker trained in Geriatric Medicine and Experimental Gerontology and has an established research programme on health services for older people. His research interests are focused on care transitions and their associated health technologies (intermediate care, hospital discharge, rehabilitation, case management).  He is clinical director of the Sheffield Institute for Studies on Ageing

Sheffield Institute for Studies on Ageing

Sheffield has a well established, interdisciplinary research community focused directly on enhancing the quality of life in old age, predominantly located in the Sheffield Institute for Studies in Ageing.

The excellence of the work in Sheffield was recognised in 2002 with the award of a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education which acknowledged: “An impressive record of high quality research that is focussed directly on enhancing the quality of life in old age.  Its exemplary inter-disciplinary approach has had a real impact on the development of public policy leading to improved services for older people, especially in health and social care”.

The group provides international leadership in interdisciplinary gerontology, hosting major EU and UK Research council collaborations on ageing research.

Research grants

  • NIHR  (Service Delivery & Organisation).  Enhancing the effectiveness of interprofessional working: costs and outcomes.  £335,135 (2008-11)
  • NHS Executive (Health Technology Assessment) ‘A randomised controlled trial of day hospital rehabilitation compared with rehabilitation at home’, £576,746 (2001-08)
  • NHS Executive (Service Delivery and Organisation) ‘The impact of workforce flexibility on the costs and outcomes of older people's services’, £297 266 (2005-08)

Recent publications

  • H Gravelle, M Dusheiko, R Sheaff, P Sargent, R Boaden, S Pickard, S Parker, M Roland.  Impact of case management (Evercare) on outcomes for frail elderly patients: controlled before and after analysis of quantitative outcome data.  BMJ 2006.  doi:10.1136/bmj.39020.413310.55 (published 15 November 2006).
  • SG Parker, D Bechinger-English, C Jagger, N Spiers,  J Lindesay.  Factors affecting completion of the SF36 in older people. Age & Ageing 2006;35(4):376-381.
  • M Roland, M Dusheiko, H Gravelle, S Parker.  Natural history of emergency admission in older people: analysis of routine admission data.  BMJ 2005;330:289-292.
  • K J McKee, S G Parker, J Elvish, V J Clubb, M El Nahas, D Kendray.  Quality of life in older and younger people receiving renal replacement therapy. Ageing & Society 25, 2005, 903–923.
  • SG Parker, SM Peet, AM McPherson, AM Cannaby, K Abrams, R Baker, A Wilson, J Lindesay J, G Parker, DR Jones.  A systematic review of discharge arrangements for older people.  Health Technology Assessment 2002;6(4).