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Dunhill Medical Trust Research Project Grant Scheme

The Dunhill Medical Trust is pleased to announce the latest call for applications to its popular Research Project Grant Scheme

Applications are invited from academics and clinicians from all health professions (including allied health professionals) who wish to undertake a research proposal aimed at improving the understanding of the mechanisms of ageing, the treatment of age-related disease and frailty or identifying and developing new and effective ways to improve the lives of older people.

Applications should be made by the Principal Investigator - PI - (Lead Applicant), as the person responsible for the research. As part of the application process, the PI will be expected to demonstrate that he/she is based in a strong research environment with a suitable skill mix in the research team (with other members of the team being named as Co-Investigators). The Trust does not consider single applicant proposals.

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Dementia assessment and improvement framework

Reported by NHS Improvement (17 October): An evidence-based framework to support and enable directors of nursing and medical directors to achieve ‘outstanding’ care standards for those living with dementia during their stay in hospital.

The framework consists of eight standards and draws on learning from organisations that have achieved an ‘outstanding’ rating from the Care Quality Commission, and integrates policy guidance and best practice with opinion from patients and carers. The latter was captured through existing resources, including Healthwatch UK (2017), Patient Voices, the Alzheimer’s Society and meeting people and their carers living with dementia.

Designed to be implemented using quality improvement methodology, embodying the principle of continual learning, We recommend it forms part of your quality improvement programme. The principles of the framework apply to all services and you should adapt it to meet your local population and workforce needs.

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National Frailty Conference Powerpoints now available

The slides from the National Frailty conference are now available for professionals who are members of the future NHS collaboration platform / Supporting Older People living with Frailty in Primary Care. If you are not a member of this platform you may access them too.

If you would like an invitation to join this collaboration platform please email  

Kristin Bash: Current and future cost of frailty to health and care
Alistair Burns: Frailty and Older People's Mental Health
Andy Clegg: Future eFI developments
Tom Gentry: Living with 'frailty': older people's experiences and the role of the voluntary sector
Adam Gordon: How new care models are (likely to be) making a difference to residents in care homes
S Humphreys: IT Solutions to support prevalence, case finding, diagnosis and care planning in dementia
Helen Lyndon: Meeting the needs of patients with frailty and multimorbidity: 'Frailty rarely travels alone'
Dawn Moody: 'Finding Frailty' - System benefits of frailty identification
Dawn Moody: Workshop: Identifying frailty in Practise - case finding and management
Matt Thomas: Restoring health and independence: a hospital's role and responsiblities
Martin Vernon: Find, Recognise, Assess, Intervene, Long-Term
Mick Ward: Strategic approach to tackle social isolation and loneliness

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New intermediate care guideline from NICE

Intermediate care focuses on the person's own strengths and helps them realise their potential to regain independence.  This new guideline from NICE covers referral and assessment for intermediate care and also supports providers to develop a person-centred approach and to deliver efficient and cost-effective services. It has been developed by the NICE Collaborating Centre for Social Care, a partnership led by SCIE.  

Intermediate care including reablement

This guideline covers referral and assessment for intermediate care and how to deliver the service. Intermediate care is a multidisciplinary service that helps people to be as independent as possible. It provides support and rehabilitation to people at risk of hospital admission or who have been in hospital. It aims to ensure people transfer from hospital to the community in a timely way and to prevent unnecessary admissions to hospitals and residential care.

This guideline includes recommendations on:

  • core principles of intermediate care, including reablement
  • supporting infrastructure
  • assessment of need for intermediate care
  • referral into intermediate care and entering the service
  • delivering intermediate care
  • transition from intermediate care
  • training and development

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