2017 saw the introduction of a new requirement for GPs to routinely identify frailty in patients as part of the new GP GMS contract.

Ahead of this Professor Martin J Vernon, NHS England’s National Clinical Director for Older People and Person Centred Integrated Care reflects on the language we use when treating older patients;

George Orwell observed: “The great enemy of clear language is insincerity. When there is a gap between one’s real and one’s declared aims, one turns instinctively to long words and exhausted idioms”.

I suspect this afflicts us all in public service from time to time, not least when addressing the language of ageing.”

You can read the rest of the blog here.

Frailty Learning Zone

There is a SWASFT learning zone for frailty and can be accessed via the intranet here. It reviews a case study, offers resources, reference materials and guidance. Definitely worth a look!