Dr Lily Read, Community Mental Health Team for Older People, Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Lily Read  works in old age psychiatry and has had an interest in driver safety for several decades. Her main interest  is in the balance between mobility and safety and ageing +/- illness.

She has previously worked as the Medical Adviser and Research Manager for medical fitness to drive and medication/drug driving at the Department for Transport and a Senior Researcher at the Institute for Transport Studies at the University of Leeds.

She obtained a PhD is psychiatry and psychology  on predictors of  driving safety in  later life and dementia, and has been a member of government and European advisory bodies in these areas.

Driving in later life:  sustained independence,  disease recovery and safety: where is the balance? (working title)
This presentation will discuss the complex roles driving has in older people and the balance between their competing needs. It will include a  discussion of evidence for mobility and independence, impact of age related diseases on mobility and safety, and road safety issues arising from ageing with or without additional medical pathology.