Professor Skelton named Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians

23 November 2016

Professor Skelton named Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians

Professor of Ageing and Health Dawn Skelton

Professor Dawn Skelton has been named a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (RCPE) of Edinburgh.

The Fellowship is awarded in recognition of Professor Skelton’s non-clinical achievements within the medical profession. The College confers international peer recognition to individuals who have made an exceptional contribution within their field.

Professor of Ageing and Health at GCU, Dawn Skelton, said: “It is a great honour to be elected to receive the Fellowship. To be named among my peers and physicians is wonderful recognition in my professional career and a real highlight. I have made it a bit of a mission, educating clinicians and allied health professions about the powerful value of exercise as medicine in older people.”

As an exercise physiologist with a scientific research background, Professor Skelton specialises in research and health promotion concerning exercise and older people.

She is currently leading and involved in a number of collaborative projects which bring together multidisciplinary expertise within the School of Health and Life Sciences alongside external partners, both nationally and internationally. These projects, in areas such as active ageing, sedentary behaviour and physical activity/inactivity all aim to ensure practitioners can tailor interventions to meet the needs of older people with a range of co-morbidities and syndromes of ageing. She is also involved in ProFouND: the Prevention of Falls Network for Dissemination, a European Commission-funded network aiming to provide the best falls prevention and healthy ageing advice to help prevent falls among older people across Europe.

In 2015, Professor Skelton received an Honorary Doctorate for Umeå University in Sweden for her extensive work in functional exercise and older people and in 2016, she was honoured by the UK’s Chartered Society of Physiotherapy with an Honorary Fellowship.

Each year around 400 physicians from across the world are elected to the Fellowship in recognition of their achievement. Professor Skelton will receive the award at a ceremony to be held in Edinburgh in March.

The Royal Society of Physicians is a Medical Royal College in the UK that sets medical training standard for UK physicians. Established by Royal Charter in 1681, the professional body has more than 12,000 Fellows, Members, Associates, and Affiliates.