Senior Lecturer & Honorary Consultant Geriatrician
Deputy Theme Lead, Primary Care Management of Frailty in Older People
University of Leeds & Bradford Royal Infirmary
“UK population projections indicate that the number of people aged over 65 will increase from 10 million currently to around 15 million by 2030. Frailty is an especially problematic expression of population ageing, affecting one in ten people aged over 65, that identifies older people who are core users of health and social care services at notably high risk of adverse outcomes including disability, hospitalisation and care home admission.
Priority frailty research areas include:
- development and evaluation of interventions targeted at potentially modifiable components of frailty, for example muscle weakness, pain, loneliness
- evaluation of new models of proactive primary and secondary care for older people with well-defined frailty
- evaluation of interventions to reduce treatment burden for older people with frailty, including de-prescribing of medications with limited prognostic value
Professor of Emergency Medicine
Avoidable Attendance and Admissions Theme Lead
ScHARR, University of Sheffield and Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Trust.
“The urgent and emergency care system worldwide has been experiencing growing pressure over recent years due to increasing patient demand for services, increased complexity of patients presenting, staffing shortages and difficulties accessing hospital beds appropriately for patients who need them. There is lack of understanding about how the system currently functions in the UK, why patients use it the way they do, and what solutions exist to improve the service both for providing safe and sustainable patient care and also a resilient and energised workforce.
The NIHR need to commission research on the whole of the urgent and emergency care system – encouraging the development and evaluation of a clinically and cost-effective system that takes into account and appropriately manages the needs of patients both in terms of their current health problems, but also in the way they use services in the 21st century.”
“Early child health is the foundation for health and well-being across the life course. The NHS needs to focus on establishing healthy behaviours and lifestyles at this very upstream location if it is going to prevent a tsunami of demand in later years.
The NIHR should be focusing on providing a strong evidence base for interventions that are effective at improving health and well-being in early life.”
Director, NIHR CLAHRC Yorkshire and Humber
Professor of Health Services Research,
University of Sheffield
“The Palliative and end-of-life care Priority Setting Partnership published a report drawn from extensive public and practitioner engagement, identifying a number of high priority research questions one being the need to prevent avoidable admissions to acute care settings for people nearing the end of their life, enable them to die with dignity in the place of their choosing,
NIHR have responded to this report by allocating a significant amount of funding for research focused in this area of the palliative and end-of-life care. CLAHRC YH is delighted to contribute to this important agenda.”
Professor Paul Chamberlain
Lab4Living Design Director
Director of Art & Design Research Centre
Sheffield Hallam University
NIHR CLAHRC Yorkshire and Humber Telehealth and Care Technology Theme
“Healthcare presents significant challenges for society and ones that require a new way of thinking and a radical step change. Creative methods and innovative approaches are key to this transformation and Design is increasingly demonstrating its value in bringing new perspectives and solutions to complex systems such as healthcare that meets the needs of a diverse changing society. Design can inspire and help gain meaningful insights to help identify, develop and implement better services, devices and environments that are safer and enhance the patient and user experience.
A user centred Design approach provides creative methodologies to authentically engage patients and communities to co-develop healthcare, products, services and interventions that are meaningful, fit for purpose, cost effective and sustainable.”