Dr Elizabeth (Tizzy) Teale


Tizzy was appointed in 2012 to her current role of Senior Clinical Lecturer at the Academic Unit for Ageing and Stroke Research (Leeds Institute of Health Sciences), and honorary Consultant Geriatrician at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. 
She graduated in 2000 from Leeds Medical School and completed her junior doctor training in West Yorkshire. During her Specialist Registrar training she completed a Masters in Public Health (MPH) and an MD exploring case-mix adjustment models for stroke. 

Research interests

Tizzy has a research interest in delirium, frailty and patient reported experience measures. She has conducted research in hospital, community and care home settings. 
She is currently Chief Investigator for the OPTIMISE study – aiming to prevent older people decompensating in hospital through development of a novel system of care to target five key manifestations of frailty. Tizzy is also a co-investigator on the older people’s theme of the YH-ARC, and is the clinical expert for the Partners at Care Transitions (PACT) programme. 

Previous work has included investigating routine detection of delirium in care homes, and exploring different models of community hospital care.
In conjunction with NHS Benchmarking, Tizzy led the development of the Patient Reported Experience Measure (PREM) that has been included in sequential rounds of the National Audit of Intermediate Care. She performed key development and validation work for the electronic Frailty Index (eFI), which has has since had a major impact on NHS policy and forms the basis for an ongoing portfolio of research led by Professor Clegg. 

Tizzy is Associate Editor for Systematic Reviews for Age and Ageing and a member of the Editorial Board. She is also a member of the advisory group for both the National Audit of Intermediate Care, and the National Audit for Care at the End of Life (NHS Benchmarking Network). 
She is currently leading the Cochrane Review for non-pharmacological interventions for the management of delirium, and is a co-author of the Cochrane review on interventions to prevent delirium in hospitalised patients. 

Clegg A, Birks Y, Boijke C, Farrin A, Forster A, Hawkins R, Hawley M, Mountain G, Mukuria C, Rodriguez M, Reeve J, Richards S, Sheard L, Spilsbury K, Teale E, West R, Wilberforce M. Applied Research Collaborations: Older People with Frailty theme. NIHR Applied Research Collaborations £1,424,815; 01/10/2019-30/09/2024

Teale E, Forster A, Young J, Farrin A, Coleman S, Nixon J, Cundill B, Conroy S, Hulme C, Clarke D, Banerjee J, Jeffrey C, Lawton R. Developing a novel system of care targeting risk factors for five manifestations of frailty to maintain the independence of older people in hospital and post-discharge. NIHR Programme Development Grant £99,952; 01/04/2019-30/09/2020.

Teale E, Young J, Schuurmans M, Siddiqi N, Munyombwe T. Investigation of the Delirium Observation Screening Scale for the routine detection of delirium in care homes by care home staff. NIHR RfPB,£306,267; 01/05/2014-31/08/2016.

Young J, Clegg A, Nolan M, Mountain G, Teale E, Spilsbury K, Hanratty B, Noble B, Parry J Bates C, Hawkins R, Astell A, Young T. Avoiding Attendance and Admission in Long Term Conditions. Theme: Primary Care-Based Management of Frailty in Older People. NIHR CLAHRC. £1million, 01/01/2014 – 31/12/2018.

Young J, Godfrey M, Teale E, Smith A, Longo R, Gannon B, Hulme C, Enderby P, Eardley H, Holditch C, Tucker H. A study to understand and optimise community hospital care in the NHS. NIHR HS&DR Programme, £469,393; 01/07/2014-31/10/2017.


  • MBChB (Leeds 2000)
  • MPH
  • MD

Professional memberships

  • MRCP (UK)

Student education

PhD co-supervisor
ESREP tutor
OSCE examiner

Research groups and institutes

  • Leeds Institute of Health Sciences
  • Academic Unit for Ageing and Stroke Research
  • Frailty and elderly care
  • Successful ageing
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