Prof Michael Almond

Forces in Mind Trust Professor of Veterans and Families Studies

Veterans and Families Institute for Military and Social Research

Faculty:Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care

Location: Chelmsford

Areas of Expertise: Health and social care , Medical statistics

Research Supervision:Yes

As Wing Commander Mike Almond QVRM AE MRAeS DM FRCP DL, Mike has a clinical research background with over 80 peer reviewed publications. As a Reservist and through his involvement with the Veterans Advisory Pensions Committee, Mike also has an interest in veterans and their families.

michael.almond@aru.ac.uk
Follow Mike on Twitter @ProfMikeAlmond

Background

Mike has been appointed Professor of Veterans & Families Studies at the Veterans & Families Research Hub. The Forces in Mind Trust sponsors ARU to run the Hub to carry out research. Ongoing projects include translating the findings of recent research commissioned by transparent into plain language, insights that can be practically applied and understood by organisations that support veterans and their families.

The Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) Research Centre offers easy access to UK and international research on veterans and their families. It works to develop and strengthen links between the academic community, government organisations, statutory and voluntary service providers, the media and the public, including the whole Armed Forces community.

Away from ARU, Mike sits on the Essex County Council Civilian Military Partnership Board.

Mike has also been a Reservist since 1977. His most recent deployment in 2018 was to South Sudan supporting the United Nations’ Mission there. He has three current reservist roles. The first is with SO1 Med Reserves, which is designed to support the policy, manning and deployment of the RAF Reserves medical component. The second is as a consultant at RAF Henlow in the Aviation Medical Clinical Service, seeing aircrew with medical problems with the aim to keep them flying. And finally, supporting the RAF Aeromedical Service of TMW (Tactical Medical Wing) at RAF Brize Norton.

Mike has been mobilised four times, serving on operations in the Gulf, twice as an aeromedical evacuation officer and in Afghanistan as a physician in Camp Bastion.

Research interests

  • Better informed public: Armed Forces community, politicians, policy makers and media
  • The underpinning of relevant policy and services provision by research
  • A stronger and more coherent network of academic partners
  • Improved networking and knowledge sharing among participants
  • A more coherent understanding of research coverage and gaps
  • Recognition of excellence in research

Areas of research supervision

  • Mike will consider supervising students interested in any of his areas of interest (see above).

Qualifications

  • BMedSci
  • BM
  • BS
  • DM
  • FRCP

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

  • NIH RfPB, £150,000, 2015. A Randomised Controlled Trial of Anakinra vs. Steroids for Gout Attacks in patients with Renal Disease (ASGARD): a feasibility study (NIHR Portfolio study).
  • Mobile Military Families: Impact on Health Care. NHS England sponsored £100,000

Selected recent publications

Fleuty, K. and Almond, M. K., 2020. Remote Access Therapy for Veterans With Psychological  Problems: Current State of the Art. Mil Med. 2020 Aug 14;185(7-8):e1046-e1050. doi: 10.1093/milmed/usaa020. PMID: 32060551.

Dagens, A. B., Mckinnon, J., Simpson R., Calvert, C., Keast T., Hart, N., Almond, M., 2020. Trans-Atlantic aeromedical repatriation of multiple COVID-19 patients: a hybridmilitary-civilian model. BMJ Mil Health. 2020 Dec 24:bmjmilitary-2020-001565. doi: 10.1136/bmjmilitary-2020-001565. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33361440.

Petrova, M., Caddick, N., Almond, M. K., 2021. Palliative and end-of-life care for militaryveterans: the forgotten few? Br J Gen Pract. 2021 Jan 28;71(703):86-89. doi: 10.3399/bjgp21X714869. PMID: 33509828; PMCID: PMC7846368.

Cable, G., Cathcart, D., Almond, M. K., 2021. The case for veteran-friendly higher education in Canada and the United Kingdom. J of Veterans Studies. 2021 Mar 7(1):46  doi: 10.21061/jvs.v7i1.225.

Almond, L. A. and Almond, M. K., 2021. Professor Hugh MacLean: One of the first British research nephrologists and the pioneer of the first United Kingdom veterans' renal clinic. J R Coll Physicians Edinb. 2021 Mar 51(1):98-103 doi: 10.4997/JRCPE.2021.124.

Sridharan, S., Vilar, E., Davenport, A., Ashman, N., Almond, M., Banerjee, A., Roberts, J., Farrington, K., 2018. Indexing dialysis dose for gender, body size and physical activity: Impact on survival. PLoS One. 2018 Sep 7;13(9):e0203075. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0203075. eCollection 2018.

Harnett, P., Jones, M., Almond, M., Ballasubramaniam, G., Kunnath, V., 2018. A virtual clinic to improve long-term outcomes in chronic kidney disease. Clin Med (Lond). 2018 Oct;18(5):356-363. doi: 10.7861/clinmedicine.18-5-356.

Posselt, B. N., Greenhalgh, A. M., Almond, M. K., 2018. 100 years of the Royal Air Force's contribution to medicine: providing care in the air and delivering care by air. Clin Med (Lond). 2018 Aug;18(4):297-300. doi: 10.7861/clinmedicine.18-4-297.

Media experience

  • NHS England Employers Armed Forces Meeting March 2021