Front Door Frailty training evening
Posted 25th November 2016
Over 20 GPs working in the Acute Primary Care service at University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire (UHCW) came together on 1st November for a training evening to prepare for the introduction of the Front Door Frailty service.
Although these GPs already work in the GP in ED service seeing patients with primary care conditions in the Hospital Emergency Department, for most of them this was their first taste of working in the Frailty service.
Front Door Frailty is an expansion of the existing Ward Frailty service and will involve GPs seeing frail patients as they come into hospital via ED. We hope this will allow the team to have greater influence over patients’ journeys, seek input from other services at an earlier stage, and begin to introduce more consistency into the experience of frail patients at UH.
The evening began with a range of presentations to introduce the GPs to the principles of Frailty medicine, before leading them through case studies to consider how they would manage common problems. The GPs also met other members of the Frailty Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT), including REACT therapists, community matrons, Age UK care navigators and social workers.
It was a great chance for everyone involved to gain a wider perspective of what happens in the world of Frailty with a number of GPs saying that they found the case studies particularly useful.
The event was very well-received, with many attendees agreeing that it was a great chance to meet one other and learn more about Frailty.
The event finished with awards for the GP’s different accomplishments in ED over the past year - a fitting end to the evening, as we looked back the highlights while looking forward to exciting times ahead for the Acute Primary Care service.