Leader in dementia services made CBE

The University of Manchester’s Professor Alistair Burns has been made a CBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours for services to health and social care – particularly dementia care.

Professor Burns is Vice-Dean for Clinical Affairs in the University’s Institute of Brain, Behaviour and Mental Health, Professor of Old Age Psychiatry and an Honorary Consultant Old Age Psychiatrist in the Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust (MMHSCT). He is the National Clinical Director for Dementia in England.

He graduated in medicine in Glasgow in 1980 and trained in psychiatry at the Maudsley Hospital and Institute of Psychiatry in London. He became the Foundation Chair of Old Age Psychiatry in The University of Manchester in 1992, where he has been Head of the Division of Psychiatry and is Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences. He has been Director of Research and Development in the University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Trust (UHSM) and Vice-Chairman of the Hospital Board. He leads the memory clinic in MMHSCT and the old age liaison psychiatry service in UHSMT.

Recently he was made an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Also recognised was Honorary Professor Richard Ramsden, lately Professor of Otolaryngology, Manchester Royal Infirmary, who was made an MBE for services to otolaryngology (the study of ear, nose, and throat conditions).