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This conference focuses on the important issue of transforming acute care for people with frailty: improving the quality of care for people with frailty and supporting them to stay out of hospital. Redesign of acute frailty services is crucial to meeting increasing demand and improving the quality of life for older people.
“Not all older people are frail and frailty is not an inevitable part of ageing. But around 10 per cent of people aged over 65 years have frailty, rising to between a quarter and a half of those aged over 85, and they are at risk of adverse outcomes such as dramatic changes in their physical and mental wellbeing after even minor events. There is a risk of significant harm to them if health interventions are planned without recognising their frailty.”
British Geriatric Society
- “As the population ages, frailty is becoming a more prevalent condition presenting local health systems with a number of key challenges: Increasing numbers of people are at risk of developing frailty.
- A person living with mild frailty has twice the mortality risk of a fit older person.
- More people living with mild, moderate or severe frailty are attending emergency departments, with over 4000 admissions daily for people living with frailty.
- Older people living with mild moderate or severe frailty are more likely to have delayed transfers of care.
- 45% of people experiencing delayed transfers of care are over 85 (approximately 50% of people aged 85 and over will encounter frailty). People living with mild moderate or severe frailty could often have their needs met best in settings outside of acute hospital care. Severe frailty often brings over four times the costs of non-frailty.”
NHS England RightCare Frailty Toolkit 4 June 2019
This conference will enable you to:
- Network with colleagues who are working to improve acute care for older people living with frailty
- Learn from outstanding practice in developing dedicated frailty services
- Reflect on national developments and learning
- Improve the way you support people with frailty
- Develop your skills in identifying and diagnosing frailty
- Understand how you can improve the response to emergency admissions
- Identify key strategies for preventing unnecessary hospital admission
- Learn from the delivery of a frailty improvement programme in acute care
- Understand how to improve the training and education of frontline staff to support older people with frailty on the ward
- Ensure frailty presenting as falls is effectively identified and managed
- Improve prescribing and reduce polypharmacy
- Reflect on how we can improve end of life care and planning for people with advanced frailty
- Self-assess and reflect on your own practice
- Gain cpd accreditation points contributing to professional development and revalidation evidence