Frailty from policy to a personal perspective

18 May 2018

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“powerful in motivating me to make a real difference in what I do on a day to day basis, both in and out of work”

Chris Harris, a programme support officer in NHS England’s Medical Directorate focusing on how the NHS is responding to the frailty ‘challenge’ set out in the Five Year Forward View sets out his own thoughts on frailty in an NHS England blog.  He says now is the time to talk about how we age, and pertinently asks, how we can age well. 

The blog includes udpates on progress that is being made through the electronic Frailty Index (eFI) and GP contract requirements.  It also outlines upcoming developments including regional frailty events, the publication of both an economic analysis of the costs of frailty across a health and care economy, and an education and training framework.  Chris also outlines implementation challenges, such as automatically coding patients directly from the eFI without confirming a diagnosis. 

Finally, he provides his personal perspective of volunteering as an Age UK telephone befriender of a person experiencing frailty and its effects, particularly social isolation. He describes this as

"powerful in motivating me to make a real difference in what I do on a day to day basis, both in and out of work."

You can access the full blog here and if you are interested in finding out more about Age UK’s befriending programme see their website.