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The Nurse and Allied Health Professional Council Lunchtime Conference Event
Lucy Lewis, Chair of the Council, opened the conference’s online lunchtime session with a welcome to all. This is the second year the NAHP Council committee has brought together the wider Council membership at the BGS Autumn Meeting 2020 to meet the Committee representing them and to provide an opportunity to listen and engage and to hear what is important to them.
Frailty State Utility and Minimally Important Difference
Frailty is common among older adults and is a state of decreased functional reserve resulting from a cumulative decline in multiple physiological systems. Frailty is associated with a range of poor health outcomes. However, it is also a dynamic and potentially modifiable condition.
Communicating through the mask
Effective communication lies at the heart of all good healthcare. It is particularly important in the care of older people, because of the complexity of common exchanges.
The condiments of care
When I commenced my Clinical Lead role at the Royal British Legion in January of this year, one of the first challenges presented to me by my team was to sample a ‘puréed meal’ in one of our care homes.
Who knew there were like-minded people out there?
I work as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner as part of the team based in the Leicester and Leicestershire community hospitals. We provide day-to-day medical cover to patients receiving rehabilitation and palliative care and following acute care step-down.
The Sandwich Generation
I can’t believe that I hadn’t heard of the Sandwich Generation until I became a slice of meat squashed between two slices of bread. It was October 2019: my mother-in-law had sustained a large frontal lobe haemorrhage and my father-in-law was already living with Parkinson’s disease.
Rehabilitation: there’s never been a more important time
In the collaborative spirit of multidisciplinary rehabilitation, we crowdsourced the design of a new textbook!
Twelve Days of Continence!
The other day I overheard someone say ‘incontinence is just a part of ageing and we just have to live with it’. Well, let me stop you right there! Yes, we all know that the prevalence of continence problems increases with age but in no way does anyone in this day and age have to just put up with it.
“They don’t know the whole picture”: Improving cancer care for people with dementia and their families
One in two people in the UK will develop cancer in their lifetime, and as cancer incidence rises with age, a significant number of cancer patients will have pre-existing dementia.
Take a breath: a personal view on care home visiting
I have been a nurse since 1986, mainly working in end of life or dementia care. I have had a variety of roles in the hospital, care home, community and hospice settings. I have been a family carer (alongside my brother and sister) since 2002.
Reflections on the first-ever virtual BGS Autumn Meeting
The Covid-19 pandemic has brought lots of changes, and we have come to accept many of these as our new normal. The BGS had to cancel the Spring Meeting 2020 as face-to-face meetings were understandably not possible due to the pandemic.
Communicating during Covid – the junior doctor’s perspective
The impact of Covid-19 has been huge, both on those who became unwell and even died, and their loved ones, but also on the staff caring for patients whilst the health system changed beyond recognition.
New resource to enhance management of Care Home Residents in Acute and Emergency Care Settings
During the pandemic, it has been my great privilege to contribute to the Scottish Government’s Clinical and Professional Advisory Group on Care Homes (CPAG).
Reflections on returning to clinical practice during the COVID pandemic
I took early retirement from my post as a consultant stroke physician at the end of 2017 but have continued to work in undergraduate medical education on a part-time basis. I am based in the Education Centre of the Trust where I have worked since 1997, so my return to clinical duties at the height of the pandemic was a temporary redeployment.
How do we help older people with COVID-19 recover?
COVID-19 has proven to be particularly harmful to older people, who are more likely to experience severe symptoms, and be hospitalised as a consequence. COVID-19 affects multiple organ systems, has been shown to affect physical function, and is associated with prevalent delirium. There is emerging evidence that older people affected with COVID-19 may experience significant disability after the acute phase of their illness has passed.
The BGS Book Club Discusses Elderhood, by Louise Aronsen
On November 17th, the BGS Twitter Book Club met to discuss our thoughts on the Pulitzer-nominated book, ‘Elderhood’, by US geriatrician Louise Aronson.
What has NELA done for patients and healthcare professionals?
Over the past six years the National Emergency Laparotomy Audit (NELA) has done an amazing job. Not only has it provided us with important data, but more importantly it has also given the impetus to improve our services for patients undergoing emergency general surgery (EGS).