Akester, Dr Kate



Acute and general medicine

Training and education

  • MBBS with distinction - University of Newcastle upon Tyne Medical School, 2004
  • Membership of the Royal College of Physicians - London, 2007
  • Higher specialty training in acute and general internal medicine - Wessex, 2008 to 2014
  • Specialty certificate exam in acute medicine - Royal College of Physicians and Society for Acute Medicine, 2010
  • Diploma in medical education with distinction jointly awarded from the Royal College of Physicians and University College London, 2012
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, 2012


Dr Akester is a consultant physician in acute and general medicine, and joined the Trust in 2014. She is the clinical lead for general medicine.

Dr Akester cares for patients staying on our wards with a wide range of acute medical conditions, who have been transferred from the acute medical unit (AMU). She has a specialist interest in 'providing a holistic and comprehensive approach to the acutely unwell individual, who has multiple or complex medical problems.' As a specialist in general medicine, she plays a key role in both delivering care and co-ordinating care from a range of professionals. Dr Akester also works in AMU at weekends and out of hours.

Before becoming the lead for general internal medicine, Dr Akester worked in the acute medicine department where she continued to develop her interest in medical education as postgraduate education lead for AMU, and acute care common stem (ACCS) acute medicine Trust lead.

Key achievements

  • Current clinical lead for general medicine
  • ACCS acute medicine Trust lead, 2016 to 2017
  • Post graduate medical education lead for AMU, 2016 to 2017
  • Mental health lead for AMU, 2016 to 2017. This included developing a 'grab pack' trustwide document to improve the care of patients who refuse treatment, self discharge, abscond or require restraint.
  • Wessex medical education fellow, 2012 to 2014
  • Associate college tutor, Royal College of Physicians, 2011 to 2012
  • The results of Dr Akester's various quality improvement projects have been presented at international and national conferences held by the Society for Acute Medicine and the BMJ international forum for quality and safety in healthcare, 2009 to 2013.


  • Alves Pereira F, Di Capite M, Thompson D, Hayes M, Akester K. A case of progressive bilateral pitting oedema BMJ 2015; 350 :h3
  • Akester KE, Somasundaram N, Diaz-Cano S, Grossman AB. 2003 A Case Report: Cancer in the thyroid is not always thyroid cancer. Hormones 2(4): 250-255.


You can contact Dr Akester via her secretary Luke Atwill - call 023 8120 3658 or by emailing luke.atwill@uhs.nhs.uk.