A new kind of geriatrician – introducing interface geriatricians

Gillian Fox, Alison Cracknell, Sadia Ismail and Eileen Burns are all Consultants in Interface Geriatrics at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Leeds Teaching Hospitals has a 60 bedded general adult medical admissions unit and a 60 bedded Elderly Admissions Unit with comprehensive geriatric assessment (CGA) embedded to either facilitate discharge to community services with ongoing assessment and/or rehabilitation where needed or begin treatment and investigation before transfer to an elderly care ward.

As part of the Leeds acute care model, 2012 saw the introduction of Interface Geriatricians (IGs). This service was developed with initial funding from the PCT (later CCGs) aiming to avoid admission where appropriate. We have developed a model for working for the IG that covers 3 key areas of interface – community, PCAL (primary care access line) and the emergency department (ED). Continue reading

Community Geriatrics

“Conference on community geriatrics. Plugging the huge gaps in knowledge of older people in primary care.”

 “Care/nursing home residents: Frequently an unseen and under-treated group, despite having some of the highest needs #olderpeople #nhs” 

“Systems to identify, assess, plan and treat at risk older people in care homes – huge difference to quality of life of most vulnerable.”

These were some of the Tweets published by Tom Gentry, Age UK, during our successful one day event on 15 June which aimed to share developments in community geriatrics.

Over 60 geriatricians, GPs, community matrons, occupational therapists, physiotherapists and others with an interest in caring for older people in community settings, met in Leeds in June to learn from eachother about what is working around the UK with regard to providing sustainable community care.  Expert speakers provided an overview of research and challenges relating to the provision of acceptable healthcare for care home residents and how to improve multidisciplinary working.

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