Nurse research to ‘help older people live healthier lives’
Reported in the Nursing Times (10 July 2017): A nurse consultant is to develop and test an intervention to help community nurses support frail patients and help them to “live healthier lives”.
Helen Lyndon, a nurse consultant for older people, has begun a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) clinical doctoral research fellowship at the University of Plymouth.
Ms Lyndon, who works for Cornwall Partnership Foundation NHS Trust, will conduct a feasibility study aimed at developing, implementing and testing a nurse-led intervention to improve healthy living in older people with frailty.
Known as the HAPPI study – Holistic Assessment and care Planning in Partnership Intervention – the research will take place over four years, and is being supervised by nursing academics at Plymouth’s faculty of health and human sciences.
Ms Lyndon recently completed a two-year secondment as the clinical lead for frailty with NHS England, and has spent the majority of her career in community primary care or home settings, with a particular interest in supporting older people with long-term conditions.
While undertaking her PhD, her fellowship enables her to continue with her clinical work.
She said: “The intervention I’m developing will ask the question ‘what can we do better?’ to help older people live healthier lives.