Sheffield hospital trial for OAPs gets a £450,000 grant

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A safety scheme led by a Sheffield medic which helps to prevent frail older people being harmed in hospital has received a £450,000 grant.

The Health Foundation has secured the funding from the British Geriatric Society and its fund Closing The Gap In Patient Safety.

Grant money will be used by the foundation to develop its Frailsafe tool, which provides a checklist which hospital staff can follow when caring for elderly patients.

The project is led by Dr Tom Downes, a consultant geriatrician at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals.

Dr Adam Gordon, the BGS’s honorary secretary, said: “This 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 last year. Partner organisations supporting the Frailsafe scheme include NHS England, the Royal College of Physicians and Age UK.