Dr Sarah Hopkins is a Cambridge Clinical Research Fellow and a Specialty Registrar in Geriatric and General Internal Medicine. She is motivated by a desire to improve care for older frailer people, their families and informal carers.
Sarah completed her medical degree at the University of Cambridge, and subsequently an Academic Foundation Programme in Geriatric and Stroke Medicine (Brighton and Sussex Medical School) and Core Medical Training in Oxford.
Sarah was appointed Chief Resident at Hinchingbrooke Hospital (2016-17) and CLAHRC Fellow in 2017. As well as her clinical and research roles, she is actively involved in undergraduate teaching, acting as a facilitator on the Ethics and Law course for the University of Cambridge Clinical School, and is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Sarah is interested in understanding what best practices are – from the perspectives of patients, carers, families and clinicians – and how to achieve these. At present, she is researching advance care planning with hospitalised frail older patients. Her recent systematic review has highlighted that many older people are currently denied the opportunity to participate in advance care planning, despite its potential to improve their end-of-life care. To date, patients, carers and clinicians have not been involved in understanding and addressing this shortfall, something Sarah is working to address.
Advance care plans and hospitalized frail older adults: a systematic review. Hopkins SA, Bentley A, Phillips V, Barclay S. BMJ SPCare. In press.
Hopkins SA, Athauda P, A Halliday, K Honney, A Jakupaj, M Kaneshamoorthy, H Mark, C Pampali, L Van der Poel, D Ondhia, A Balogun, M Vincent, Z Fritz, S Barclay, 91 To What Extent are Patients’ Future Care Preferences Shared Between Secondary and Primary Care? A Retrospective Chart Review, Age and Ageing, Volume 49, Issue Supplement_1, February 2020, Pages i30–i32,https://doi.org/10.1093/ageing/afz194.02
Fifty percent prevalence of extracampine hallucinations in Parkinson’s Disease patients. Wood R, Hopkins SA, Moodley KK, Chan D. Front Neurol. 2015 Dec 21;6:263.
Key emerging issues in frontotemporal dementia. Hopkins SA, Chan D. J Neurol. 2015 Sept.
Procedural and follow-up outcomes among patients undergoing successful recanalisation of coronary chronic total occlusions using biolimus drug-eluting stents. Saraf S, Cockburn J, Ferreira I, Hopkins S, Hildick-Smith D. Cardiovasc Interv Ther. 2014 Jul;29(3):216-20.
Autoimmune limbic encephalitis presenting as relapsing psychosis. Hopkins SA, Moodley KK, Chan D. BMJ Case Reports. 2013;10.1136/bcr-2013-010461.
Incidence of the Plateau at VO2max is Dependent on the Anaerobic Capacity. Gordon D, Hopkins SA, King C, Keiller D, Barnes RJ. Int J Sports Med. 2011 Jan;32(1):1-6.
Decreased expression of multidrug efflux transporters in the brains of GSK-3ß transgenic mice. Lim JC, Mickute Z, Zaman M, Hopkins SA, Wijesuriya H, Steckler T, Moechars D, Van Leuven F, Sarnyai Z, Hladky SB, Barrand MA. Brain Res. 2009 Jun 18;1276:1-10.
Etkind, S, Li, J., Louca, J, Hopkins, S, Kuhn, I, Spathis, A, & Barclay, S. Total Uncertainty: A systematic review and thematic synthesis of experiences of uncertainty in advanced multimorbidity. Age and Ageing https://doi.org/10.17863/CAM.85806
Hopkins SA, Lovick R, Polak L, Bowers B, Morgan T, Kelly MP, Barclay S. Reassessing advance care planning in the light of covid-19. BMJ. 2020;369:m1927.
Polak L, Hopkins S, Barclay S, Hoare S. The difference an end-of-life diagnosis makes: qualitative interviews with providers of community health care for frail older people. Br J Gen Pract. 2020 Oct 1;70(699):e757-e764. doi: 10.3399/bjgp20X712805.