The Wessex Frailty Fellowship Programme
The Wessex Frailty Fellowship Programme was instituted by Health Education Wessex to offer opportunities for senior clinicians working with older people with frailty, to improve their knowledge and understanding of the syndrome; to learn from colleagues from a range of healthcare settings and to undertake a project to improve delivery of care in their workplace.
Wessex Frailty Fellows meet monthly for education sessions led by their peers, consultant practitioner trainees and clinical experts and to participate in action learning sets to address challenges and refine aspects of their quality improvement projects. Fellowship days, coordinated and facilitated by Dr Gwyn Grout, are fun and informal.
Profiles of Wessex Fellows:
Kerry Burrows, Frailty Fellow Specialist Pharmacist for Older Persons & Stroke, Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust. MPharm, PG Dip Clinical Pharmacy Practice
I am a pharmacist working at Queen Alexandra QA)hospital in Portsmouth, specialising in the care of older people and stroke. I am also the lead pharmacist for falls prevention.
The HEE frailty fellowship programme has greatly increased my knowledge of the current research and improvement initiatives for people living with frailty, and the opportunity to meet and hear from experts in this field has been invaluable experience that I have been able to take back to my own practice and utilise in my quality improvement project. It has allowed me to begin working closely with our developing frailty team at QA hospital, and I am concurrently undertaking my independent prescribing course, focusing on the management of medication for patients identified as living with frailty, particularly regarding reviewing culprit medicines for falls.
Karen West Frailty Fellow, Community Physiotherapy Team Leader, Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
I am a specialist physiotherapist working in South East Hampshire. I lead a team of physiotherapists and non-registered staff working with people in their own homes, many of whom are living with frailty.
In 2016 I undertook a Masters module in the Care of the Complex Older Person programme at Southampton University which gave me a really good grounding in the evidence base informing our understanding of frailty. When I joined the Frailty Fellowship in February 2017 I started thinking about how to put my learning into practice and how to influence colleagues working in my locality. The frailty fellowship has offered me great opportunities to meet with and learn from professionals from different disciplines, working for a variety of organisations in different settings around the Wessex area.