Frail Elderly

The AHSN NENC Frail Elderly Programme aims to improve care for frail older people in our region, whether they are living in a care home or in the wider community. We support the implementation of improvement and innovation initiatives, and the dissemination of best practice. We facilitate stakeholder collaboration to enable the development of better care for frail older people.

Many older people have multiple medical problems and complex health and social care needs. 10% of people aged 65 and over can be considered as ‘frail’ – rising to at least 25% of those over 85 – and this brings increased risks of falls, disability, need for long term care, and death. Ensuring high quality, person-centred, well co-ordinated health and social care is a major challenge. Whilst there are many examples of excellent care across our region, care can be variable. Divisions between the different parts of the health system -and between health and social care – can make it more difficult to provide care which is integrated around patients’ needs. Use of urgent care hospital services is high, yet many admissions are potentially avoidable with better anticipatory community-based care.

The following resources provide an overview of the programme:

Programme Flyer

To find out more about the Frail Elderly Programme please contact the Programme Lead, Joanna Collerton:

1. Collard RM et al. Prevalence of Frailty in Community-Dwelling Older Persons: A Systematic Review. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2012; 60:1487–1492. 
2. Clegg A et al. Frailty in Elderly People. Lancet 2013; 382: 752-62. 

NEQOS Measurement Report for Frail Older PeopleThis report, developed by the North East Quality Observatory Service (NEQOS), contains an overview of quantitative and qualitative measures which relate to frail older people. It presents the current state and variation across the North East and North Cumbria area, with comparisons to England as a whole.

Routine Identification of Frailty – Requirements of the new GP contract 2017/2018

North East Frailty Summit – December 2016