Tom Arie

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Tom Arie
Born Thomas Henry David Arie
1933 (age 84–85)
Nationality United Kingdom
Occupation Psychiatrist

Professor Thomas Henry David Arie CBE, FRCPsych, FRCP, FFPH (born 1933), known as Tom is a British psychiatrist, described as "one of the founding fathers of old age psychiatry."[1]


Arie qualified in Oxford then underwent further training in psychiatry at the Maudsley Hospital and in social medicine at the MRC Social Medicine Unit at the London Hospital.[2]

He set a psychiatric unit for old people at Goodmayes Hospital in 1969.[3] In a 1996 interview, he recalled:[4]

A job was advertised at a place I had never heard of, Goodmayes Hospital, to set up a psychiatric service for old people. I thought, this is really back to what I'm after, going to an un-posh place in the outer East End of London, seeing if one could make a service for old people tick. So that's what I did. Most people thought I had taken leave of my senses. I started work on January 1, 1969. Up the road at Claybury Hospital there was Brice Pitt, who was about two years ahead of me in setting up an old age service – I think his work had given the idea to the Goodmayes people. The people at Goodmayes had been puzzled – who could this chap be who had opted to come out of the teaching hospital to look after old people whom nobody wanted? It somewhat rocked my confidence, everybody being so negative about it.

He worked as Foundation Professor of Health Care of the Elderly at the University of Nottingham until 1995, becoming emeritus on retirement.[2]

He served as chair of the Old Age Faculty of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, and as hair of the Geriatric Psychiatry Section of the World Psychiatric Association.[2]

He was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 1995 Birthday Honours, for "Services to Medicine".[5]


  1. ^ "Seminar by Prof Tom Arie" (PDF). Hong Kong Psychogeriatric Association. 2008. Retrieved 26 June 2017.
  2. ^ a b c Lois Reynolds; Tilli Tansey, eds. (2007), Medical Ethics Education in Britain, 1963–1993, Wellcome Witnesses to Contemporary Medicine, History of Modern Biomedicine Research Group, ISBN 978-0-85484-113-4Wikidata Q29581753
  3. ^ Arie, Thomas (1970). "The First Year's Work of the Goodmayes Psychiatric Service for Old People". The Lancet: 1179–1182. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(70)90357-0.
  4. ^ Murphy, E. (1996). "A conversation with Tom Arie". International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. 11: 671–679. cited in Snowdon, John (June 2013). "Establishing the RANZCP's Faculty of Psychiatry of Old Age". Retrieved 26 June 2017.
  5. ^ "No. 54066". The London Gazette (1st supplement). 16 June 1995. pp. 1–32.

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