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Managing Frailty and Delayed Transfers of Care in the Acute Setting

How are your services performing? The NHS Benchmarking Network offers you the opportunity to find out!

“The NHS Benchmarking Network provides a unique source of information in this key area. The joint experience of working with the Acute Frailty Network has highlighted that many of the issues relating to DToC can be overcome by early assertive holistic assessment. I strongly encourage all providers of older people’s acute care to sign up this year”
Professor Simon Conroy, Clinical Lead, Acute Frailty Network

What is NHS Benchmarking?

The Benchmarking Network works with its 330+ members to understand the wide variation in demand, capacity and outcomes evident within the NHS. It concentrates on areas that are poorly served by routine NHS statistics. Member organisations are able to take part in any of the Network’s benchmarking projects. The list of members can be found here.

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NHS can drop dozens of unnecessary tests and treatments, say doctors

Guardian (15 June 2018): List suggests no longer giving x-rays for sore backs or separate cataract operations

Patients with sore backs should no longer have x-rays, women who are on the pill should be given a year-long supply and older people should no longer get antibiotics at the end of their lives, according to new advice drawn up by doctors.

In addition, not just children and older people but everyone should take vitamin D supplements over the winter to reduce their risk of developing colds and flu, it says.

The move could prompt claims that the health service is increasingly rationing provision in order to save money. The recommendations are part of a list of 50 tests, procedures and treatments that doctors’ leaders want the NHS to stop undertaking because they say they have little or no value and in some cases harm patients.

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Lower deaths overall but frailty is still ‘fatal’, say researchers

BGS London (14 June 2018): A study published today in Age and Ageing, the scientific journal of the British Geriatrics Society, found that despite death rates in the UK now being much lower than in the 1990s, the relationship between higher levels of frailty and mortality remains unchanged. Reduced mortality rates in older age appear to apply to those with little frailty, while older people with higher levels of frailty are not seeing a benefit.

The study, conducted by a researchers at Newcastle University’s Institute for Ageing, drew their conclusions from two large studies of older people in England, conducted 20 years apart to test whether the amount of frailty has changed over time, and whether the relationship between frailty and death has changed.

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Frailty First Conference, 28/6/2018, London

Organiser: Acute Frailty Network

Website for more detail and registration

Why attend?
Be inspired by renowned international speakers sharing best practice across the globe
Hear about the very latest best practice in acute frailty
Gain practical insights that could be applied straight away
Meet with like-minded colleagues from across the UK

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Clinical Examiners sought for the Diploma in Geriatric Medicine (DGM)

BGS and RCP London are seeking clinicians with an interest in geriatric medicine to become a clinical examiner for the Diploma in Geriatric Medicine (DGM).

The DGM examination is designed to give recognition of competence in the provision of healthcare for older people. It is run jointly by the BGS and Royal College of Physicians London.

In offering doctors the opportunity to review and consider all aspects of healthcare, the DGM is aimed at any medical practitioner in the UK whose clinical practice brings them into contact with older people. This may include:

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