Patient Safety Collaboratives are a national programme to improve the safety of patients and ensure learning sits at the heart of healthcare in England. The programme is led by each of the 15 Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs).
Our Action on Frailty Patient Safety Collaborative aims to make the East of England the safest place to grow old. We will address the safety concerns of frail older people in the community, in hospitals and in care homes.
To help achieve this ambition we are developing a quality improvement infrastructure that will support continued service improvement and innovation. This includes:
- regional faculty of quality improvement leaders
- suite of quality improvement capability building programmes
- board leadership programme, delivered in partnership with AQuA
We have produced a one-page summary about the collaborative that describes the broad way forward. Please download our ‘Plan on a Page’ below.
- medications safety
- safer transfers in care
- identification and response to deterioration.
What is frailty?
Why is frailty important?
Many people with multiple long-term conditions will also have frailty which may be overlooked if the focus is on disease based long-term conditions such as diabetes or heart failure. Other people whose only long term condition is frailty, may not be known to primary care or the local authority until they become immobile, bed bound, or delirious as a result of an apparently minor illness. There is evidence that in individuals with frailty, a person-centred, goal-orientated comprehensive approach reduces poor outcomes and may reduce hospital admission.
Further reading: British Geriatric Society
Working across pathways
Improving services for frail older people is complex. It requires all parts of the health and care system to work together, since many older people use multiple services, and the quality, capacity and responsiveness of any one component will affect others.
Transforming services requires a fundamental shift towards care that is coordinated around the full range of an individual’s needs (rather than care based around single diseases) and care that truly prioritises prevention and support for maintaining independence. Achieving this will require much more integrated working to ensure that the right mix of services is available in the right place at the right time. Incremental, marginal change is not sufficient; change is needed at scale and at pace.
Our collaborative brings together individuals and teams from across the region to share good practice, spread innovations, test new care processes and share results. Our learning events provide an opportunity to share good practice and develop our improvement capacity by focusing on measurement and improvement skills training.
Keep an eye on our events pageto find out about forthcoming learning events or contact us to be added to the mailing list. They provide an opportunity to share progress, review achievements and discover improvements to frail older people’s health and social services within the region. There is also space to consider the gaps and possibilities for improvement and exchange ideas and forge connections with others involved in local and regional initiatives.