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The REDUCE Study: improving outcomes after hip fracture
Multiple hospital organisational factors are associated with adverse patient outcomes post hip fracture in England and Wales: the REDUCE record-linkage cohort study.
Medical Students in QI – an untapped resource
When I started my quality improvement (QI) project over the summer, I had no idea about the steep learning curve I was about to climb. I had an aim to improve recognition of frailty on the general surgical ward in order to increase appropriate referrals to the Frailty Liaison Team.
Is Advanced Clinical Practice one of the solutions to workforce shortages in older people’s healthcare?
We should never lose sight that most older people live well in older age. However, we are also very familiar with the challenge of a population that is ageing with all the risks associated with co-morbidities and complex health and social care issues.
Dying of ‘Old age’ – A lesson from the Queen
Our beloved Queen Elizabeth II recently died of ‘old age’, surrounded by her family. She was very fortunate not to endure spending her last few weeks in hospital or institutional care, which is often the case for a lot of older people. Their journey frequently starts in an ambulance waiting outside a hospital, followed by lingering for hours on a trolley in the emergency department before being admitted to a ward.
What can we do to improve healthcare support for adults living in care homes in Scotland?
In case you missed it, June of this year saw the publication of ‘My Health, My Care, My Home – healthcare framework for adults living in care homes’. The framework was developed by Scottish Government working with care providers and representative bodies, health and social care practitioners, Health and Social Care Partnerships, policymakers and families and friends.
Back to the Future? Public Health and Politics
I recently had a very nice weekend away in Haworth, West Yorkshire. The literary aficionados among us will instantly be familiar with this, as it was the home of the Bronte sisters of Wuthering Heights, Jane Eyre, and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall fame.
Book Review: Essential Geriatrics (Fourth Edition) by Henry J Woodford
Reflecting on my education over the last few years, I think I may have learned most from Twitter. There is a seriously erudite group of geriatricians dropping pearls of wisdom there, of which Dr Henry Woodford is just one.
BGS Rising Star Series: Finding a future Rising Star
In 2015 I was appointed to my first consultant job and given the title of ‘Integrated Geriatrician’ with the rather broad remit of ‘supporting the community.’
Anticipatory Care Series: Anticipatory Care Matters
I was pleased to represent BGS on NHS England’s Clinical and Professional Reference Group for Anticipatory Care. There was some debate about the term Anticipatory Care but a consensus that people living with frailty or multiple complex conditions need proactive care and support to stay independent and healthy for as long as possible at home or the place they call home.
BGS Rising Star Series: A rising star and a fortunate cascade of events
My name is Roman Romero-Ortuno and I was honoured to be the inaugural joint recipient (with the great Daniel Davis) of the 2015 British Geriatrics Society (BGS) Rising Star Award in recognition of research contributions. In that moment, receiving the award from the then BGS President David Oliver filled me with pride and joy, but I was not anticipating the “domino effect” that would follow in my career.
Anticipatory Care Series: Anticipatory Care for Older People and the benefits of Early Intervention
I work as part of a multidisciplinary team in the community, looking after older people who are often living with frailty. We focus on what is important to the person and their family and help them to live the best life they can, in the place they want to be.
Flood Catastrophe in Pakistan
Pakistan has been hit by catastrophic floods this summer. In July and August 2022, Pakistan had 391mm (15.4in) of rain, or nearly 190% more than the 30-year average. Sindh province, in the country’s south, has seen 466% more rain than average.
Anticipatory Care Series: Person-centred care in action
It was a crisp, cold December morning in London and my colleague and I were visiting Ethel, an 85-year-old woman who had been very difficult to contact as she is hearing impaired, has no next of kin and does not own a mobile or landline.
‘The Resilience and Contributions of Older Women’ on UN International Day of Older Persons 2022
Today, Saturday 1 October, is the UN’s International Day of Older Persons. Each year the UN takes a particular thematic focus: this year it is ‘The Resilience and Contributions of Older Women’. It is an opportune moment to reflect on older women’s experience of healthcare.
Anticipatory Care Series: The NHS can’t stop you from growing older
One of the joys of general practice is seeing the same patients over time and getting to know them and their families. I worked in the same small practice for over twenty years and saw people go from active sixty-somethings, slowing down in their seventies, and then becoming frail in their eighties.
Anticipatory Care Series: Moving beyond the crisis
Across the UK, our National Health Service is facing huge challenges. There are unprecedented delays for ambulances and waits in emergency departments.
Not just another fall in another care home – together we can get it right
Falls Prevention Awareness week is a national health campaign to raise awareness of falls health and injury prevention. Across the UK there will be an abundance of seminars, conferences and many discussions will be had.
BGS Rising Star Series: Over the moon!
I am over the moon to be awarded the BGS Rising Star Award for Research 2021. Having joined the BGS as an undergraduate student, the Society has been omnipresent throughout my clinical and academic development. From the Amulree Essay Prize to the Young Doctors Education Grant (twice!), to the European Academy for Medicine of Ageing grant, the BGS has supported me in accessing opportunities that have shaped my career thus far.
BGS Rising Star Series: The sky’s the limit
It was of course an honour to receive the BGS Rising Star award, five years ago in 2017. An unexpected benefit of this was the photograph taken of the then President Dr Eileen Burns, presenting me with the award, which now appears regularly as a stock photo in BGS comms.