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NIHR study assessing frailty among older people in hospitals wins Royal College of Physicians award


NIHR-funded researchers have won a Royal College of Physicians (RCP) Excellence in Patient Care award for their work in assessing frailty among older people in hospitals.

Researchers from the Universities of Leicester, Newcastle, Southampton, the London School of Economics and the Nuffield Trust devised a risk score to help frail older people receive better support in hospital.

Colleagues from the University of Leicester’s Hospital-Wide Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment (HoW-CGA) team have now won the Lancet Research Award category at the recent RCP awards in London.

The awards promote and reward physicians who are working hard nationally and internationally to improve patient care, through education, innovation, research and clinical practice.

The Lancet Research Award category recognises original research that has contributed, or will contribute to, significant improvements in health outcomes or the quality of patient care.

The researchers used the concept of frailty to create a risk score that helps identify older people who are more vulnerable. This will help commissioners and hospitals identify this group of people, evaluate their outcomes and improve services to be more responsive to their needs.

The study was funded by the NIHR’s Health Services and Delivery Research Programme (HS&DR).

Emeritus Professor Stuart Parker, from Newcastle University, who was Chief Investigator of the study, said. “The HoW CGA project focused on improving care for older hospital inpatients.  Winning this prestigious award is a tribute to the excellent work on frailty risk stratification that was published in the Lancet by colleagues from Leicester University and the Nuffield Trust.  It helps to ensure that the work has high impact, is widely shared and raises the profile of this important but often under-recognised area of clinical enquiry.”

RCP President Professor Andrew Goddard said: “In my opinion, this year has been a great success, showcasing the best practice, innovation and technology being adopted by modern healthcare. These projects are only a fraction of the ground-breaking work our members are producing globally.”

More information on the study is available on the NIHR Journals Library.

A paper on the study was also published in the Lancet.

A full list of the award winners are available on the RCP website.