Older people with frailty

Around 430,000 people in Yorkshire & Humber are living with mild, moderate or severe frailty, accounting for £660million of health and care expenditure. There is a contemporary local, regional and national policy focus on frailty to improve wellbeing in later life and manage service demand in the NHS and social care.

Professor Andrew Clegg leads our team. Our aim is to improve the physical and mental health of older people living with frailty, including care home residents, and generate major health and care efficiency savings. We have established an internationally-leading team of cross-disciplinary researchers to do this.

Our plans are ambitious and will build on the successes from our CLAHRC programme which achieved a paradigm shift in how older people with frailty could be identified and managed within a primary care setting.

We have strong AHSN and cross-sector NHS, local authority, voluntary sector and industry partnerships. Our programme is aligned with the NHS Long Term Plan, Future of Health report priorities and regional STP/ICS.

Our projects

  • Cross-ARC expansion of CARE75+ cohort study

  • Research prioritisation

  • Reducing delayed transfers of care

  • Development and national implementation of eFI-2

  • Systems level modelling of economic impact of community-based frailty interventions targeting potentially modifiable components of frailty such as pain, loneliness and sedentary behaviour

  • Co-production and testing of prioritised interventions

  • Novel methods for efficient intervention evaluation

Meet our PhD Students

  • Shabana Shafiq - Supporting people living with frailty from South Asian backgrounds (for more information, click here).

  • Alison Ellwood - Understanding the needs of people with cognitive and physical frailty (for more information, click here).

Contact the team

Dr Lesley Brown, Theme Manager - Lesley.Brown@bthft.nhs.uk