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Please note : Attendees need to be health practitioners working within a community setting to be eligible to attend

By the end of the session you will be able to:

  • Understand what frailty is and how it is currently assessed and defined

  • Appreciate how issues related to frailty and nutrition are experienced by older people themselves

  • Critically debate the factors that impact on the management of frailty and nutritional wellbeing in later life

  • Discuss the role of the multi-disciplinary team in the care and management of frail and vulnerable older people

  • Evaluate and synthesise research and other sources of evidence relevant to frailty and nutrition in the context of care delivery and evaluation.


This course will run on 8th June 2017 and again on the 12th September 2017

Please note : Attendees need to be health practitioners working within a community setting to be eligible to attend

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10 - 11 Introductions and welcome – Abebaw Yohnannes

11 – 12.30 Introduction and frailty, indicators of frailty, exercise and frailty, nutrition and frailty – Jamie McPhee

12.30 – 13.30 Break

13.30 – 15.00 Critically evaluating frailty, pathways and interventions, the lived experience of frailty – Josie Tetley

15.00 – 15.15 Break

15.15 – 16.45 Nutritional wellbeing in later life – Neil Wilson

Pre readings

NHS England (2014) Safe and compassionate care for frail older people using an integrated care pathway. Practical guidance for commissioners, providers and nursing, medical and allied health professional leaders. London. NHS England. Online at https://www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/safe-comp-care.pdf

Oliver, D. Foot, C. Humphries, (2014) Making our health and care systems fit for an ageing population. London. The Kings Fund. Online at https://www.kingsfund.org.uk/sites/files/kf/field/field_publication_file/making-health-care-systems-fit-ageing-population-oliver-foot-humphries-mar14.pdf

Recommended readings and other resources

Ipsos MORI (2014) Understanding the lives of older people living with frailty: A qualitative investigation. Ipsos MORI for Age UK. London. Ipsos MORI. Online at https://www.ipsos-mori.com/DownloadPublication/1660_sri-ipsos-mori-age-uk-living-with-frailty-2014.pdf

Murphy, J., Tester, S. Hubbard, G. and Downs, M. (2005) ‘. Enabling frail older people with a communication difficulty to express their views: the use of Talking Mats™ as an interview tool.’ Health and Social Care in the Community. 13(2): 95-107. Online at https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Gill_Hubbard/publication/8015245_Enabling_frail_older_people_with_a_communication_difficulty_to_express_their_views_the_use_of_Talking_MatsTM_as_an_interview_tool/links/00b4952145d3f87c60000000.pdf

Online resources

Fit for Frailty – British Geriatric Society

http://www.bgs.org.uk/index.php/fit-for-frailty

Key issues for older people- frailty – Royal College of Nursing

https://www2.rcn.org.uk/development/practice/older_people/key_issues

British Association for Parental and Enteral Nutritional Assessment http://www.bapen.org.uk

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