03rd September 2018

Image: New Frailty Framework launched today.The new Frailty Framework of Core Capabilities is being launched today at the North East Regional Frailty event at Newcastle Racecourse, organised by the North East and North Cumbria Academic Health Science Network.

Commissioned by HEE and NHS England and project managed by Skills for Health, the new framework sets out the skills, knowledge and behaviours healthcare staff need when providing care and support for people living with frailty.

Frailty is normally a long-term condition which affects people of all ages, but particularly those who are older. It is estimated that around 50% of people ages 65 years plus are living with some degree of frailty. Frailty results in increased vulnerability, increased stress and, alongside adverse health conditions, often a loss of independence.

Better understanding of frailty and how to support people to live well with it is a key challenge for health and care systems. In England, support for older people living with frailty is seen as a priority.

This framework defines an approach to care that builds on the strengths of those concerned, their families and the communities they live in. It helps to make the most of every contact that is made with health, care and other services. It is hoped the framework will encourage training and development so that the number of practitioners from different professions who are able to meet this need increases.

The Frailty Framework aims to empower people living with frailty, together with those who support and care for them, so that they understand what is happening to them, make the most of the support available and plan for their needs, both now and in the future.

Colin Wright, Framework Development Manager at Skills for Health said: “Development of the Frailty Framework was a truly collaborative effort, bringing together partners from health, social care, housing, local government and voluntary sector organisations. We hope this framework will play an important part in the recognition of frailty as a long-term condition and in the provision of improved services to meet the needs of people living with frailty.’