New project set to improve outcomes for people living with frailty

Section: The ALLIANCEType: News Item Date Published: 25th February 2019
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The initiative will explore the role of district nurses in supporting people in the community living with frailty.

The partnership programme between the ALLIANCE, the University of the West of Scotland, NHS Ayrshire and Arran and the International Centre for Integrated Care (IC4IC) is funded by the Burdett Trust for Nursing.

The 2 year project, operating in Ayrshire and Arran, will take a participatory action research approach, with people living with frailty and their unpaid carers being involved in the delivery of person centred coaching sessions. The aim is to help organisations identify effective interventions and build their capacity to provide high quality care and support.

Prof Ian Welsh OBE, Chief Executive, the ALLIANCE said:
“We forward to working in partnership with UWS and IC4IC on this innovative project. The project puts people and their carers at the heart of improvement work. The co-productive approach builds person centred coaching skills to enable District Nurses to develop in their crucial role in integration of health and social care and working with frailty.”

Dr Constantina Papadopoulou, (PI, Lecturer UWS) said:

“I am excited to be part of this project and work with collaborators such as the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (the ALLIANCE) and International Centre for Integrated Care (IC4IC). This is a great opportunity to empower district nurses and recognise their pivotal role in the integrated health and social care agenda to lead management of the frail. This grant by the Burdett Trust for Nursing will help shape the care provided in the community of Ayrshire and Arran and will form an example of care for other Health Boards across Scotland and beyond.”

For further information, please contact Mandy Andrew via or call 0141 404 0231.

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