How can identifying and grading frailty support older people in acute and community settings?
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How can identifying and grading frailty support older people in acute and community settings?

Lucy Lewis Consultant Practitioner Trainee in frailty and older people, Health Education England South (Wessex)

Why you should read this article:
  • To recognise that identifying frailty is important to support older people living with complex needs

  • To be aware that a frailty screening and assessment tool should be used that is most appropriate for the clinician’s service

  • To understand that collaborative working can improve care and reduce hospital admissions for older people living with frailty

Identifying frailty is essential to support older people living with complex health and social care needs. This article discusses how a Florence Nightingale Foundation travel scholar used her scholarship to explore best practice in identifying frailty in acute and community settings in Scotland with the aim of developing services for people living with frailty locally and regionally in England.

As the move to integrated care services develops in England, valuable insights from Scotland will assist in the proactive design of bespoke services around the needs of individuals in the community and, when acutely unwell, in the hospital setting.

Nursing Older People. doi: 10.7748/nop.2020.e1271

Peer review

This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and has been checked for plagiarism using automated software

Correspondence

l.lewis2@nhs.net

Conflict of interest

None declared

Lewis L (2020) How can identifying and grading frailty support older people in acute and community settings? Nursing Older People. doi: 10.7748/nop.2020.e1271

Acknowledgement

Thank you to the Florence Nightingale Foundation and my sponsors the Sandra Charitable Trust and to Professor Graham Ellis for connecting me with service leads in Scotland

Published online: 20 August 2020

Keywords :

frailty - older people

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