Dr Simon Conroy is a geriatrician at University Hospitals of Leicester, Honorary Senior Lecturer, University of Leicester and an Associate Editor for Age and Ageing journal.
Dear fellow BGS members,
Some of you might have heard about the Acute Frailty Network, which has been in existence for a few years now. The focus of the Acute Frailty Network has been acute medical care and to some extent emergency care. The Specialist Care Frailty Network will focus upon the care of older people with frailty in six specialist services:
- Renal Dialysis
- Emergency Cranial Neurosurgery
- Interventional Cardiology
- Complex Spinal Surgery
- Adult Critical Care
The first test will be focussing upon renal care; we plan to design and deliver a small ‘improvement collaborative’ to test changes and improve local care models. We are really keen that the work is supported by geriatricians and so this call is to ask you to get in touch if you might be interested in helping out? Ideally we would like to convene an expert panel of geriatricians, nurses and allied health professionals that have experience in working in these areas or related field, who can advise the improvement team about what sorts of interventions might work as well as how they might work. As there is relatively little evidence in these fields about frailty care, we are going to need to rely heavily upon expert opinion. No one will have all the answers and so there will be an iterative nature to the programme.
A more hands on option is possible, for example if there are folk who have significant experience of working in renal (for example), they might come along to some of the national events as a speaker.
You‘ll get to influence the national approach to the care of older people with frailty in these areas, and generally have some fun!
If you are interested, or would like to know more, please contact Simon Conroy at firstname.lastname@example.org