COVID-19: the experiences of a frailty specialist community rapid response team
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COVID-19: the experiences of a frailty specialist community rapid response team

James Rushton Nurse Consultant, Frailty, Community Division, St Mary’s Hospital, Isle of Wight NHS Trust, Newport, England
Madeleine Locans Physiotherapist, Community Division, St Mary’s Hospital, Isle of Wight NHS Trust, Newport, England
Amanda Wilson Lead Nurse, Outpatient and Home Parenteral Infusion Therapy, community division, St Mary’s Hospital, Isle of Wight NHS Trust, Newport, England
Lucy Monk Advanced Clinical Practitioner, Community Division, St Mary’s Hospital, Isle of Wight NHS Trust, Newport, England
Lucy Abel Locality Manager, Community Division, St Mary’s Hospital, Isle of Wight NHS Trust, Newport, England
Jennifer Edgington Lead Nurse, Community Division, St Mary’s Hospital, Isle of Wight NHS Trust, Newport, England
Nicola Longson Director, Community Division, St Mary’s Hospital, Isle of Wight NHS Trust, Newport, England

Why you should read this article:
  • To learn how an NHS community-based service for older people living with frailty was adapted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

  • To recognise the importance of clinical teams taking a collective approach to risk management and operating as part of a wider medical and social multidisciplinary team

  • To identify that although the COVID-19 pandemic gave health and social care services minimal time to plan, change at pace is possible through devolved leadership and clear, shared goals

COVID-19 affects all age groups, but older people living with frailty tend to be affected the most. This article provides an overview of changes made to service delivery in response to COVID-19 by a community-based team caring for older people living with frailty. The authors’ purpose is to share the lessons learned by the team.

Nursing Older People. doi: 10.7748/nop.2020.e1285

Peer review

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

Correspondence

james.rushton@nhs.net

Conflict of interest

None declared

Rushton J, Locans M, Wilson A et al (2020) COVID-19: the experiences of a frailty specialist community rapid response team. Nursing Older People. doi: 10.7748/nop.2020.e1285

Published online: 14 October 2020

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