A safety scheme that helps to provide reliable care for frail older people in hospital has received a £450,000 grant.
The British Geriatric Society (BGS) has secured the funding from the Health Foundation for its FRAILsafe tool.
The “Closing the Gap in Patient Safety” grant will be used by the BGS to develop the tool, which seeks to reduce harm to frail older people receiving acute hospital care through “effective implementation of an evidence-based checklist”.
The tool is designed to improve communication and team working to support reliable and safe care.
The project is led by Dr Tom Downes at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust on behalf of the BGS.
Dr Adam Gordon, BGS honorary secretary, said: “This Health Foundation award brings with it the opportunity to ensure that more older people arriving at acute hospitals will receive consistent, safe, evidence-based care regardless of the time of day or week they are admitted.
“We hope the improvements supported by the award will deliver considerable benefits to the most frail and vulnerable of NHS patients.”
The tool was piloted in eight hospitals across England and Scotland in autumn 2013. FRAILsafe’s partner organisations include NHS England, the Royal College of Physicians, and Age UK.
The eight hospitals that participated in the original pilot are:
- Glasgow Royal Infirmary
- York Hospital
- Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospital Trust
- Sheffield Teaching Hospital
- Chelsea and Westminster Hospital London
- Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust
- University Hospitals of Leicester
- Guys and St Thomas’s Hospital London
Although the initial project work is around acute hospital admissions it is likely that in the future the checklist could be used in any setting where a frail person receives medical care.
The BGS is seeking 12 hospitals across the four UK countries for the next phase of the FRAILsafe project, beginning in autumn 2014. If you are interested please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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