Dr. Andrew Elder – Biography

Brief Biography
Andrew Elder


Andrew Elder is a Consultant Physician in Acute Medicine for Older People at the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK and an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Edinburgh Medical School.

His clinical interest is in cardiovascular disease in older age, in particular heart failure, and his educational interest the teaching and assessment of bedside clinical skills.
He has held a number of positions relating to undergraduate and postgraduate medical teaching and assessment at local and national levels, and is currently Chair of the Clinical Examining Board for the MRCP(UK) PACES examination – the largest international postgraduate clinical skills assessment in the world, with almost 5000 candidates sitting per year in eleven countries around the world.
He is Director of the Clinical Finals at the University of Edinburgh Medical School, where he also leads the curricular theme “Presentation, Diagnosis and Management” and is Deputy Head of Final Year (Year 5).

As a clinical skills examiner, he has examined 2000 candidates in the PACES examination, and has experience of teaching and assessing the clinical skills of both undergraduates and postgraduates in many other countries of the world, including Hong Kong, Singapore, India, Sudan, UAE, Malaysia, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Oman.

As Lead Hospital Adviser on Older Peoples Services to the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman since 2008 he has had a senior role in the governance and quality assurance of older peoples’ services in the NHS in Scotland, supporting the remediation of serious complaints about patient care and helping health care providers learn lessons from such complaints.

In 2010-11 he was International Expert Adviser to the Hong Kong Health Authority, supporting the development of their first strategy for the care of older people.