NHS organisations collaborate to take action on frailty

Over 100 delegates from health and care organisations from across the East of England met at the Action on Frailty Learning Event in Cambridge to learn about the work being done to support older people with frailty in an acute setting to the care home environment. This event is a key focus for our Patient Safety Collaborative and is a key challenge currently facing our health and care economy.  The event showcased quality improvement initiatives and specific programmes and projects in the care of frail elderly people.

Through presentations, workshops and group exercises, delegates heard about how to make improvement to services, shared good practice, reviewed achievements, forged connections with others involved in local and regional initiatives and developed their own plans for local improvement.

The learning event was chaired by Eastern AHSNs Chair, Elisabeth Buggins and featured guest speakers including Prof David Oliver, President of British Geriatrics Society who gave detailed context to current and future care of the frail elderly. Prof Tom Downes, Consultant Geriatrician at Sheffield Teaching Hospital shared the story of how Sheffield’s staff were enabled to discover new ways to deliver acute geriatric care by the design and launch of a Frailty Unit and community based active recovery service which implemented the concept of ‘Discharge to Assess’.  East and North Hertfordshire Care Home vanguard presented their programme and focussed on two of the many projects under their vanguard programme – medicines optimisation and the training of care home staff. Martine Wright MBE, 7/7 survivor and Paralympian athlete delivered an inspirational presentation about her journey to recovery and the importance of making improvements in the face of challenging and difficult situations.

Delegates had the opportunity to join a number of practical workshops throughout the day covering topics such as: leading an improvement project, measuring for improvement, discovering great geriatric care, patient engagement and involvement and much more.

 

Take a look at the presentations from the Action on Frailty event

If you are interested in attending future events, please email psc@eahsn.org

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