Professor Raymond Tallis

Emeritus professor of geriatric medicine, University of Manchester

Professor Raymond Tallis is an elected member of Council at the Royal College of Physicians (RCP).

Professor Tallis trained as a doctor at the University of Oxford and at St Thomas' in London, later becoming professor of geriatric medicine at the University of Manchester and a consultant physician in healthcare of the elderly in Salford.

His national roles have included: consultant advisor in healthcare of the elderly to the chief medical officer; a key part in developing the National Service Framework for Older People; membership of the National Institute for Clinical Excellence appraisal committee; chairmanship of the Royal College of Physicians committee on ethics in medicine; chairman of the committee reviewing ethics support for front-line clinicians; and membership of the working party which produced Doctors in society: medical professionalism in a changing world (2005). From July 2011 to October 2014 Professor Tallis was the elected chair of Healthcare Professionals for Assisted Dying (HPAD).

He retired from medicine in 2006 to become a full-time writer, though remained visiting professor at St George's medical school, University of London, until 2008. He has published over 30 non-medical books.

In July 2007 Professor Tallis received the Lord Cohen gold medal for research into ageing and in November 2011 was honoured with the International League Against Epilepsy's special excellence in epilepsy award. He has four honorary degrees: DSc (St George’s London, University of East Anglia) for contributions to medical science and DLitt (Hull, Manchester) for contribution to the humanities.

He spends much of his free time campaigning against the present destruction of the NHS and sought election to Council in the hope that the RCP might adopt a higher profile in opposing this threat to the health of our patients.