The care closer to home programme has prioritised frailty as its area of focus and developed a toolkit called Frailty icare to develop better ways of preventing frailty and supporting those living with it.
The ambition of the programme is to improve the quality of life for our aging population through sharing knowledge, learning and evidence-based good practice and by providing support to local commissioners and providers.
The toolkit, which is a web-based application, is just one example of the work underway by the care closer to home programme. It is designed to provide quick and easy access to a range of frailty-related resources and include tools to support a person-centred approach to support older people with frailty to remain as independent as possible.
Other developments include:
- A regional frailty ‘community of practice’ (CoP) has been established to drive the work forward, bringing together a wide range of professionals from across the regional health and care system, who understand frailty and older people’s services.
- A workforce competency framework has been developed for registered and non-registered staff working anywhere in the care system and plans are afoot for testing it in a variety of settings in the coming months. Longer term plans include developing an apprenticeship role.
- Work is underway to deliver three digital projects to support electronic communication between members of the community of practice; this includes the Frailty ICARE website and a patient-facing pathway in order to further enhance the functionality of the website.
Our recent achievements include:
- The programme has secured £30,000 contribution from the Sir James Knott Trust, a registered charity supporting community projects, to support further work with the voluntary sector.
- Our housing and workforce leads from the community of practice are producing their first article to be published in the British Medical Bulletin to share work undertaken to improve hydration for residents living with dementia in care homes.
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