A collaboration between the ALLIANCE, NHS Ayrshire & Arran, UWS, IFIC, QNIS and funded by Burdett Trust for Nursing

This project aims to capture the lived experience and voices of older people with frailty and seeks their expertise in developing a co-coaching and education programme with the expertise of the community nursing team in NHS Ayrshire & Arran in order to enhance nursing care and management of people who are frail.

Frailty is a term used to describe how our bodies gradually lose their in-built reserves as we grew. This may mean that we do not bounce back from an illness as quickly as we would have before. Frailty affects around 1 in 10 people aged over 65 years in the community and around half of people aged over 85 years.This research project on frailty is funded by a grant from the Burdett Nursing Trust and will be carried out over a two-year period in Ayrshire.

A collaboration between the ALLIANCE, NHS Ayrshire & Arran, University of the West of Scotland, IFIC, QNIS and funded by Burdett Trust for Nursing.

  • The research team will co-design a coaching and educational programme to support community nurses and their colleagues to enhance their knowledge, skills and confidence in caring for people living with frailty in the community.
  • This work aims to improve the care provided in Ayrshire and will form an example for other areas across Scotland and beyond.

The project will be conducted in three phases.

Phase 1: Interviews and focus groups with the community nursing teams. Involvement of the public in an Advisory Panel to gain a shared understanding of personal experiences of living with frailty.

Phase 2: A co-produced person-centred coaching and educational programme will be delivered through coaching sessions for community nurses and people who bring experience of living with frailty.

Phase 3: Final evaluation of the coaching and educational intervention. Sharing of the results at local, national and international conferences and publication in relevant academic journals.

For more information and to find out how to get involved in the project please email frailtymatterstome@uws.ac.uk