Introducing Frailty

The definition of Frailty that we will use in this programme was introduced to you all on the first day. For us frailty is not an illness but a syndrome that combines the effects of natural ageing with the outcomes of multiple long-term conditions, a loss of fitness and reserves (Lyndon, 2014).

Older people who are living with frailty often say they have fatigue unintended weight loss, diminished strength and their ability to recover from illness or injury, even minor ones is greatly reduced. This can have a marked impact on the quality and length of their lives (RCN, 2019)

We also took sometime to look at this video from Age UK

In this video older people talk about their desire to remain independent and in control. For more information on Age UK’s research in this area visit

In the afternoon we looked in more detail at identifying and assessing frailty. The presentation that we used and all the information it contains is accessible to you below. The presentation was built using a Microsoft application called SWAY. There are different ways to view Sway presentations and a brief guide to viewing Sway is available HERE.

To view the content scroll down the bar at the side of the object or click the “open to full screen” symbol you will see in the right hand corner where other viewing options are also available. Note that anything that is underlined is an active internet link.

Anything that has a “play” arrow in the middle of the picture is a video.

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Thank you for agreeing to take part in our research study. As you are aware the research is being carried out by the University of the West of Scotland,  The Health and Social Care ALLIANCE ( the ALLIANCE) and NHS Ayrshire and Arran. It is funded by the Burdett Trust for Nursing.

The study aims to increase your skills in managing frailty in the community. We plan to create, deliver and evaluate a person-centred intervention with two components: a coaching programme and an educational intervention on effective and personalised care and support for people living with frailty in the community. To find out more CLICK HERE

Throughout the programme you will be able to provide feedback based on your experience of this training and how it is helping you to support other members of your team in managing frail older people. Your views may help other people affected by frailty in the future by helping the research team to understand what are the key issues in the management of  frailty in the community so that we can help others to identify the best ways to address them.

This Blog is going to act as your teaching resource and will be here for you throughout the study. The plan is to place all the teaching resources used in the sessions on this site and also to post additional information and useful materials we find while the project is running. Note that anything that you see on this site that is BLUE is a link to a useful resource.