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The CLARITY (Collaborative Ageing Research) team comprises of a diverse group of researchers interested in supporting the needs of older people. 

Meet the team:

Philip Braude

Philip Braude was appointed as a consultant geriatrician to North Bristol Trust in 2019. He setup the CLARITY group in 2021. He has been awarded a Bristol Research Charity Fellowship in 2021 to undertake the VIGIL (Video Intervention In Geriatric cLinic) study. He is undertaking a DPhil in frailty and trauma at the University of the West of England.

View Philip's published work here.

Ben Carter

Ben Carter is a founding member of CLARITY and an honorary senior lecturer in medical statistics at North Bristol Trust and a substantive Reader at King’s College London. He has methodological interest in designing robust cohort, randomised controlled trials and systematic reviews.   His clinical interests include assessing the role of living with frailty and geriatric assessment.

View Ben's published work here.

Rob Grange

Rob Grange is currently undertaking a fellowship in geriatric perioperative medicine at North Bristol Trust. During this time he has published abstracts on advance care planning and family communication, as well as co-authored a textbook chapter on the topic of perioperative medicine.

Sarah Ibitoye

Sarah Ibitoye is an acute medicine and perioperative consultant appointed in 2022. She completed an MSc in Tropical and Infectious Disease with research methods in 2014. She is undertaking a perioperative medicine diploma at UCL. She has expertise in service development through research.

Andrea Joughin

Andrea Joughin is a consultant geriatrician appointed to NBT in 2020. She completed a perioperative medicine fellowship at Guys and St Thomas in 2017. She has published works looking at national surveys of perioperative care and telemedicine for older people. She is a co-investigator on the VIGIL trial.

Emma Mitchell

Emma Mitchell was appointed as a consultant geriatrician to North Bristol Trust in 2021. She has active interests in global ageing and health systems and been involved in Perioperative Medicine service development at NBT. She holds an Honorary Research Fellow post with the University of Bristol.

View Emma's published work here.

Edward Richfield

Dr Ed Richfield is a consultant in Elderly medicine with a sub-specialty of movement disorders, working at North Bristol NHS Trust. He completed his medical degree at the University of Liverpool, and post-graduate training in the Yorkshire deanery. His PhD, from Hull-York Medical School, is titled “Palliative care in Parkinson’s disease: developing a needs assessment tool”. 


He has been involved in the Neurology Academy as a delegate and faculty member since 2014 and sits on the British Geriatric Society (BGS) movement disorder special interest group committee. He is regional lead for the Parkinson’s Excellence network. He is a member of the International Movement disorders Society (MDS) working group exploring palliative care in Parkinson’s disease and currently chairs the clinical committee of the International Neuropalliative Care Society (INPCS).

Roxy Short

Roxy is a Research Associate within the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Neuroscience at King’s College London. She has a PhD in psychology from the University of Southampton and has an interest in epidemiological research methods and statistics. Her research interests are varied, and include: developmental psychopathology, offending behaviour and mental health, military trauma, and frailty.

View Roxy's published work here.