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Dr Stephen Lim  BM, MRCP (UK), PhD

Clinical Lecturer in Geriatric Medicine

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Dr Stephen Lim is a Clinical Lecturer and honorary specialist registrar in Geriatric Medicine in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Southampton.

I completed my medical studies at the University of Southampton in 2010 and continued my medical training within the Wessex deanery. I undertook research looking at interventions to increase physical activity among hospitalised older people and completed my PhD in 2018. Here’s a summary of my PhD People's Choice, Three Minute Thesis '18. I was appointed NIHR Clinical Lecturer in Geriatric Medicine in 2018. I am actively involved as a member of the British Geriatrics Society and served as chair of the BGS Trainees Council from 2017-2019. My research interests are in physical activity, nutrition, deconditioning and sarcopenia.


Bachelor of Medicine, University of Southampton 2010

MRCP, Royal College of Physicians London 2013

Speciality Certificate in Geriatric Medicine, Royal College of Physicians 2016

PhD, University of Southampton 2018


Appointments held

NIHR Academic Clinical Fellow, University of Southampton, 2014 – 2015

NIHR CLAHRC Clinical Research Fellow, University of Southampton, 2015 – 2017

Trustee and Director of the British Geriatrics Society, 2017-2019

Chair of the British Geriatrics Society Trainees’ Council, 2017-2019

Specialist trainee in Geriatric Medicine and General Internal Medicine, 2014 - present

NIHR Clinical Lecturer in Geriatric Medicine, University of Southampton, 2018 - present

Research interests

Sedentary behaviour in hospital among older people is a major risk factor for acquiring hospital associated deconditioning. It is associated with adverse outcomes including functional decline, increased risk of institutionalisation and higher mortality. The Southampton Mobility Volunteer study (SoMoVe) explored the feasibility and acceptability of training hospital volunteers to encourage older inpatients to be physically active. This work was supported by the NIHR CLARHC Wessex and formed the basis of my PhD. SoMoVe - Dr Stephen Lim Vimeo video.

I am currently researching into community-based physical activity interventions for older adults to improve their activity levels and functional status. My other research interests include nutrition, sarcopenia, and frailty in older people.


PhD title: Physical activity among hospitalised older people: The feasibility and acceptability of a volunteer-led mobility intervention.

Supervisors: Professor Avan Aihie Sayer, Professor Helen Roberts

Funding: NIHR CLAHRC Wessex

Research projects

The ImPACt study: Improving physical activity of older people in the community through trained volunteers

Research group

Human Development and Health

  • Trustee of Bethany Care
  • BMedSc supervision

BM Year 3 SBOM lectures

Small and large group teaching for medical students

BM (IT) lecture

Dr Stephen Lim
Faculty of Medicine, Room AB215, Mailpoint 801, South Academic Block, University Hospital Southampton, Tremona Road, Southampton, SO16 6YD

Room Number : 9500 SGH/NWE174/MP807

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