North East Frailty Summit – Facilitating Interaction Across Health and Social Care, Academia and Industry

Written by Seamus O'Neill on 13th December 2016

Many thanks to everyone who attended the Frailty Summit held on the 5th December at the Hilton Hotel, Newcastle Gateshead which was a great way to complete our events calendar for the year.

This was our first major joint event with Newcastle Gateshead CCG and what a fab organisation to work with. No surprise to us that they are rated outstanding by NHS England. They are a very practical and pragmatic lot, but the desire to provide the best possible care for the people of Newcastle Gateshead, and the lengths to which they will go to source and spread best practice, were clear throughout the process. On the day we had over 300 delegates, mostly practitioners, keen to share and adopt. The energy in the room was tremendous.

There are significant challenges, as everyone knows, with over 50,000 people in the North East and North Cumbria region considered frail. The conference gave delegates the opportunity to learn about a number of successful care models and initiatives specifically designed to improve the treatment of older people and reduce their admission to A&E.

A few notes of thanks:

  • To Dr Dawn Moody and Professor John Young from Leeds our keynote speakers who set the tone beautifully and gave us such great insight into what the issues around frailty were and what great care can look like.
  • To the two teams, especially Joanna Collerton and Sarah Black from the AHSN NENC and Lesley Bainbridge from NGCCG, who did such a great job in putting the programme together and delivering the event.
  • To all the participants and those who did posters: the latter added a lot of content and promoted discussion throughout.

Dr Dan Cowie is the local Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STP) lead for out of hospital care and we will be working closely with Dan and colleagues to make sure that the programmes of the AHSN are aligned to the areas of need as they take their transformation agenda forward. He said…

“working with older people can be extremely rewarding and today I have been able to not only listen to great speakers but also network closely with my peers in health and social care, many of whom I’ve admired for years. I know for sure there are some things I’m going to be doing differently straightaway…”

You can see Dan’s thoughts about the event in his blog .

The AHSN is about facilitating interaction across health and social care, academia and industry. This event was a joy for us.

All the presentations from the event along with additional information can be viewed on our resources page.

For more information on the AHSN NENC’s Frail Elderly programme and the projects it supports in the region, visit: and if you would like to be included in the distribution lists for future events please just drop us a line