Creating a ‘Frail Friendly’ Acute Medical Unit… ‘not rocket science’

Teresa Dowsing trained as a physician associate at the University of Birmingham Medical School. She has worked in geriatric medicine for around 7 years and is the Frailty Lead for the George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust. To read more about physician associates and the British Geriatrics Society click here.

Creating a ‘Frail Friendly’ Acute Medical Unit (AMU) at George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust ….or what some specialities in my Trust used to call ‘not rocket science’…

Thinking about the latter part of this title, most of us that try to ‘practice’ geriatrics understand that it does sometimes feel like some form of mysterious dark art. A pinch of medicine, followed by a smidgeon of rehabilitation, mixed together with a drop of social care, a big dollop of communication and a dash of common sense. Simple? Not always….. Continue reading

Physician Associates in Geriatric medicine

Dr Natalie Powell is a Consultant in Acute and Geriatric Medicine at Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust. She tweets at @NPowellNataliephysician assistants

Looking back I wonder how I ever coped without our Physician Associates (PAs).  Still a relatively new role in the NHS, PAs have been working in the United States for over 40 years.  They work to the medical model and are holistic practitioners with a variety of skills ideally suited to caring for older people. They are able to provide continuity for patient care on the wards; a familiar face for patients, relatives and ward staff to get to know.  They go that extra mile to make sure older people get the care and attention they deserve. Continue reading