Dr Terry Quinn - Ordinary Member Representing Scotland

Dr Terry Quinn FESO, FRCP, MD, MBChB (hons), BSc (hons)

I am a Senior Clinical Lecturer and Honorary Consultant Physician based in the Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences, University of Glasgow.

As a researcher I have a broad portfolio. My interests include research methodology, functional/cognitive assessment and frailty. My major research projects at the moment are around the psychological consequences of stroke.  I am growing a research group in this previously neglected area and I supervise an enthusiastic group of likeminded researchers.

I (try to) combine my research and policy work with teaching and clinical commitments in the stroke wards of Glasgow Royal Infirmary.

My role in BASP is as Ordinary Member for Scotland.  My remit is to represent the Scottish stroke workforce and keep BASP informed of stroke developments North of the Border.  This role is nicely aligned with my seat on the Scottish Parliament Heart and Stroke Disease Cross-Party Group and my work with Healthcare Improvement Scotland.  Scotland has a proud history in advancing stroke care and I am not afraid to promote and protect this.

I have a passion for ensuring that research is designed, conducted and reported well.  To this end I hold various editorial board positions, including coordinating editor of the Cochrane Dementia Group (https://dementia.cochrane.org/), core member of the NIHR Complex Reviews Support Group (http://www.nihrcrsu.org/) and chair of OPSYRIS, the stroke psychology special interest group of the World Federation of Neuropsychology (http://wfnr.co.uk/special-interest-groups/organisation-for-psychological-research-into-stroke-opsyris/).

Stroke and Me 

I studied Medicine at University of Glasgow and from early in my student days I had excellent teaching on stroke, from International leaders in stroke research.  I also had a very enjoyable elective period working with the stroke team in Melbourne, but my ambitions were to become a psychiatrist.

Time spent studying in the Institute of Psychiatry, London and my first junior doctor jobs in Glasgow with the Institute of Neurological Sciences and the Western Infirmary, Professorial Medical Unit all shaped the young Dr. Quinn.  I realized that my dream job would combine the best bits of psychiatry, neurology and general medicine.

I wasn’t sure if such a job existed and so I decided to take some time out of the NHS to do research.  I approached Professor Kennedy Lees in Glasgow and started working on a project looking at measuring stroke recovery.  Without realizing it, I had discovered the dream job – stroke medicine includes aspects of all the things I was interested in.  It is incredibly satisfying to work with someone from the first days of their stroke through to recovery and return home.

I continued my research with Professor Lees and his team, but for clinical work I moved to the North of the city to take up a Registrar and Lectureship post in the Department of Geriatric Medicine.  Working with Professor David Stott, Professor Peter Langhorne and others, I began to develop my own research projects.  My interest in psychiatry never left and my research increasingly explored the psychological consequences of stroke.  With funding support from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Glasgow, I spent some time learning about older adult psychiatry in Oxford.  This was great clinical experience but also began a fruitful relationship with the Cochrane Dementia Group.

I wasn’t the only person to recognise a need for more research in stroke psychology.  At just the right time for me, The Stroke Association announced a call for research around vascular dementia and stroke psychology.  I was fortunate enough to receive the first joint Stroke Association and Chief Scientist Office Senior Clinical Lectureship and their first Priority Program Grant.  This support was transformative and allowed me to start building my own research group.  I continue my research in stroke, dementia and other psychological problems.  It is heartening to see the progress made in this field, but there is still a lot to do.

The University of Glasgow have always been very supportive of my work and I wanted to give something back. So, I have taken on a number of supportive roles including, vice chair of the ethics committee, advisor of studies for undergraduate medical students and Athena Swan Self-Assessment Team.  More recently, I have started leading the Glasgow Academic Training Environment (GATE) and look forward to supporting and mentoring the next generation of clinical academics.

I firmly believe that research should not be reserved for academics.  To improve the visibility and accessibility of stroke research for patient, carers and lay public, I lead the Scottish Stroke Research Network public engagement group.  We have initiated a number of schemes around research dissemination and involvement and were recently awarded a prize from University of Glasgow for this work.  I am always happy to hear from people with lived experience of stroke, who wish to share their knowledge to help improve stroke research.

Email: terry.quinn@glasgow.ac.uk

Twitter: @DrTerryQuinn

URL: http://www.gla.ac.uk/researchinstitutes/icams/staff/terryquinn/