Improving Outcomes for People Living with Frailty in the Community Through District Nurse Led Person-centred Integrated care.

Our School will be involved in an innovative 2-year project which will help organisations build capability to provide and sustain high-quality care and support for people in the community who are frail.

District Nurses (DN) hold a unique role in the community, with deep knowledge and understanding of the needs of people who are frail, and their family carers, engaging, influencing and mobilising other professionals and community assets to improve the experience of care and outcomes for people.

Employing a participatory action research approach, patient and family carers will be involved in person-centred coaching sessions. This knowledge combined with practical education for the whole team on effective interventions will be employed to generate valuable, transferable learning.

Dr Constantina Papadopoulou, (Principal Investigator and Lecturer at UWS)

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.

Professor Anne Hendry, Clinical Lead for Integrated Care, Work Package Leader  Honorary Professor, University of the West of Scotland

I am delighted to support UWS and the ALLIANCE in this exciting new research project funded by Burdett Trust for Nursing. I look forward to working with colleagues from the International Centre for Integrated Care and ADVANTAGE Joint Action to share the emerging learning. This project will help us Face up to Frailty and prepare for a Decade of Action on Healthy Ageing.

Prof Ian Welsh OBE, Chief Executive, Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (the ALLIANCE)

The ALLIANCE looks forward to working in partnership with UWS and IC4IC on this innovative project.  The project puts people and their carers at the heart of this 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.

Craig Stewart, Associate Nurse Director, East Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership

NHS Ayrshire & Arran is delighted to be working alongside UWS and ALLIANCE in this exciting research project. Person-centered care and co-production is at the heart of what we aim to deliver through our community nursing services. The opportunity for professional learning and service improvement realised from this research will be used to build on and improve the quality of care delivered to those who experience frailty in Ayrshire and Arran.

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