Improving Identification and Management of Frailty in the Digital Age: A Person-Centred Approach

11:15 – 12:30

Frailty, which is associated with older age, is progressive, negatively impacts an individual’s quality of life and is linked to an increased use in health and social care resources. With the right support, it can be reduced, modified or if identified early enough it can be reversed. 

Currently 10% of the population lives with frailty, with projections indicating that 25% will be 65 or older by 2045.  This increase must also be considered against the challenging context of sustainable recovery and renewal that embraces digital technology and digitally enabled services as a transformation enabler.   

This session will provide an opportunity to learn about the national and local activity focused on improving outcomes for people living with or at risk of frailty. Delegates attending the session will learn about the recently launched Healthcare Improvement Scotland's (HIS) Focus on Frailty Programme which supports teams to use a blend of quality improvement and service design methods to plan and deliver integrated services for people living with frailty based on the needs of the person, their carers and families. 

Midlothian Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP) will share their ‘Collaborative Care Architecture’ project. The project offers a practical way to think differently about how changing the tools used to communicate, plan and act, and the underlying way records are stored and shared between people and across organisations could help overcome boundaries between health, social care, and third sector organisations.


Joanne Matthews

Associate Director Improvement and Safety, Healthcare Improvement Scotland

Joanne (RGN BSc) has over 27 years’ experience working across Health and Social Care providing strategic leadership at local, regional and national level.

Matthew Curl

Digital Programme Manager, Midlothian Health & Social Care Partnership

For the past decade, Matthew has been working in TEC/digital health and care in H&SCP and national roles and completed an MSc in Global eHealth from the University of Edinburgh in 2018.

Chaloner Chute

Chief Technology Officer, Digital Health & Care Innovation Centre (DHI)

Chal leads on Digital Health & Care Innovation Centre’s (DHI) technical strategy and is responsible for the way we support and deliver technical innovation.

Dr. Lara Mitchell

Dr Lara Mitchell, is a Consultant Older Peoples services, South Sector, Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Glasgow.