Professor Simon Conroy

Simon Conroy 
Department of Health Sciences
University of Leicester
George Davies Centre
University Road
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)116 252 5992

Personal details

Professor of Geriatric Medicine, University of Leicester

Honorary Geriatrician, University Hospitals of Leicester

PhD July 2009 (Preventing Falls in Older People, University of Nottingham)

Simon’s ambition is to improve outcomes for frail older people by embedding evidence based medicine into clinical practice (‘campus to clinic’ translational research). His research addresses different models of care for frail older people, assessing feasibility as well as clinical and cost-effectiveness. His educational activities take an interdisciplinary perspective on developing and teaching knowledge locally (frailty services), nationally (BGS) and internationally (EUGMS & EAMA). Implementation of research findings into clinical practice is key, and best exemplified by work on the Silver Book and the Acute Frailty Network.

Professional activities


  • Professor of Geriatric Medicine, University of Leicester, May 2018+
  • Clinical lead, Acute Frailty Network, NHS Elect, January 2015+
  • Co-director, Leicester Academy for the Study of Ageing, April 2016+
  • Previous

  • Geriatrician, University Hospitals of Leicester (UHL), Mar 2011 – April  2018
  • Specialty clinical director, Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust, Jan 2011 - Mar 2015
  • Head of Service, Geriatric Medicine, UHL, Apr 2011 - Oct 2014
  • Senior Lecturer (medical education), University of Leicester, Mar 2008 – Mar 2011
  • Clinical Lecturer in Geriatric Medicine, University of Nottingham, Feb 2004- Feb 2008


Specific areas of interest:

  • Geriatric emergency medicine
  • Urgent care
  • Improvement networks
  • Frailty
  • End of life care and advance care planning
  • Comprehensive geriatric assessment
  • Complex interventions for older people

Selected recent research projects

Urgent care

£931,653 NIHR HSDR, 2018-2021, lead applicant.
Identifying models of care to improve outcomes for older people with emergency and urgent care needs.

£1,038,561 NIHR HSDR, 2014-17, co-applicant with University of Newcastle
Acute hospital care for frail older people. Programme lead.

£10,000 British Geriatrics Society, 2015-16, co-applicant with University Hospitals of Leicester. The use and abuse of urine testing in older people.

£386,751 NIHR SDO, 2012-14, co-applicant with University of Leicester
Establishing and implementing best practice to reduce unplanned admissions in those aged 85+ through system change.

£2,200,000 NIHR programme grant, 2008-13, co-applicant with University of Nottingham. Acute care workstream lead.

Cardiovascular disease

£282,080 NIHR RfPB, 2014-16, co-applicant with University of Nottingham
Hypertension in Dementia - Feasibility Study

£2,194,458 NIHR HTA, 2012-2021, co-applicant with University of Leicester
UK TAVI study

Falls & injuries

£174,661 NIHR RfPB, 2012-2014, co-applicant with University of Nottingham
A feasibility study on falls prevention intervention in care homes leading to:

£1,833,942 NIHR HTA, 2016-2019, co-applicant with University of Nottingham
A multi-centre cluster randomised controlled trial to evaluate a falls prevention programme in care homes for older people (FinCH)


£385,505 NIHR HSDR, 2018-2020, co-applicant with LOROS
Thinking ahead about medical treatments in advanced illness.

Selected publications

  1. Gilbert T, Neuburger J, Kraindler J, et al. Development and validation of a Hospital Frailty Risk Score focusing on older people in acute care settings using electronic hospital records: an observational study. The Lancet 2018;391(10132):1775-82.
  2. Parker SG, McCue P, Phelps K, et al. What is Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment (CGA)? An umbrella review. Age and Ageing 2018;47(1):149-55.
  3. Elliott A, Hull L, Conroy S. Frailty identification in the emergency department-a systematic review focussing on feasibility. Age Ageing. 2017: 1-5.
  4. Elliott A, Phelps K, Regen E, Conroy, SP. Identifying frailty in the Emergency Department-feasibility study. Age Ageing 2017:1-6.
  5. Ellis G, Gardner M, Tsiachristas A, et al. Comprehensive geriatric assessment for older adults admitted to hospital. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. 2017: CD006211.
  6. Conroy SP, Turpin S. New horizons: urgent care for older people with frailty. Age Ageing 2016;45(5):577-84.
  7. Gladman JRF, Conroy SP, Ranhoff AH, Gordon AL. New horizons in the implementation and research of comprehensive geriatric assessment: knowing, doing and the ‘know-do’ gap. Age and Ageing. 2016 March 1, 2016;45(2):194-200.
  8. Conroy SP, Harrison JK, Van Der Wardt V, Harwood R, Logan P, Welsh T, et al. Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring in older people with dementia: a systematic review of tolerability. Age and Ageing. 2016 April 7, 2016.
  9. Gladman J, Harwood R, Conroy S, Logan P, Elliott R, Jones R, et al. Medical Crises in Older People. Programme Grants Appl Res 2015;3(4).

10. Wilson A, Baker R, Bankart J, Banerjee J, Bhamra R, Conroy S et al. Establishing and implementing best practice to reduce unplanned admissions in those aged 85 years and over through system change: a mixed-methods case study approach. Health Serv Deliv Res 2015;3(37):161.

11. Edmans J, Bradshaw L, Gladman JRF, Franklin M, Berdunov V, Elliott R, Conroy S. The Identification of Seniors at Risk (ISAR) score to predict clinical outcomes and health service costs in older people discharged from UK acute medical units. Age & Ageing. 2013; 42(6):747-53.

12. Edmans J, Bradshaw L, Franklin M, et al. Specialist geriatric medical assessment for patients discharged from hospital acute assessment units: randomised controlled trial. BMJ 2013;347.

13. Conroy SP, Ansari K, Williams M, et al. A controlled evaluation of comprehensive geriatric assessment in the emergency department: the ‘Emergency Frailty Unit’. AGE AND AGEING 2014;43(1):109-14.

14. Beishon LC, Harrison JK, Harwood RH, Robinson TG, Gladman JR, Conroy S et al. The evidence for treating hypertension in older people with dementia: a systematic review. J Hum Hypertens 2014;28(5):283-7. 7.

15. Franklin M, Berdunov V, Edmans J, Conroy S et al. Identifying patient-level health and social care costs for older adults discharged from acute medical units in England. Age Ageing 2014;43(5):703-7.

Esteem indicators

  • Winner of the Royal College of Physicans’ Excellence in Patient Care Award 2018 for quality improvement (Acute Frailty Network submission)
  • Shortlisted for University of Leicester Impact Awards, 2017
  • BMJ Confidential: Simon Conroy: Healthy body and mind. BMJ 2017.
  • East Midlands veterans rugby cup final winner, 2017; finalist March 2018
  • Invited member, NCD Older People Geriatrician reference group, 2016+
  • EUGMS geriatric emergency medicine people special interest group chair, 2014-17
  • British Geriatrics Society lead on acute care of frail older people 2009-15
  • European Union of Geriatric Medicine Society, academic board member, 2010-14
  • Honorary secretary, British Geriatrics Society, 2009-2011

Selected national and international presentations 2013+

  • Keynote speaker: patient flow conference, the King’s Fund, May 2018
  • Invited speaker: Geriatric Emergency Medicine, Swedish Emergency Medicine Society, Stockholm, March 2018
  • Invited speaker: ‘the Acute Day’, Reykjavik, March 2018
  • Keynote speaker: Acute Care for Older People, Dutch Geriatrics Society, February 2018
  • Invited speaker: Congress on Emergency Medicine, Helsinki, November 2017
  • Keynote speaker: Geriatric Emergency Medicine, Swedish Geriatric Medicine Society, Stockholm, October 2017
  • Invited speaker: Acute Frailty Network, Leiden Geriatric Emergency Medicine conference, October 2017
  • Keynote speaker: Eastern AHSN Patient Safety Collaborative - Action on Frailty Learning Event, Newmarket, May 2017
  • Opening Keynote: Innovative Approaches to Frailty, Canadian Frailty Network, Toronto, April 2017
  • Acute care of frail older people, Royal College of Physicians of London, February 2017

Educational activities


  • Board member, European Academy of Medicine for Ageing, 2016+
  • Led the development of an EU curriculum on geriatric emergency medicine
  • Prepared the learning outcomes on frailty for the UK geriatric medicine curriculum, accepted by the General Medical Council in September 2016.
  • Royal College of Emergency Medicine, Geriatric Emergency Medicine study day March 2018
  • LeicGEM – quarterly, bespoke small group teaching on Geriatric Emergency Medicine, 2016+; also delivered in Helsinki, Finland (March 2018)
  • Organised annual conferences on acute care for older people with the Royal College of Physicians of London, 2014-17

Interface fellowships

In collaboration with colleagues, the following  open, post-graduate one year fellowships based on the concept of ‘interface geriatrics’ have been established:

  • Interface F2s – geriatric emergency medicine combined with community hospital working for F2 doctors, approximately 18 doctors per year 2015-17
  • Geriatric emergency medicine, 2012+ 10+ fellows including two consultants, several international fellows

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