Welcome to the Winter 2020 edition of the Wessex AHSN Healthy Ageing Newsletter
I love the new year – new beginnings, new possibilities and lots of positivity (and a lovely new diary and pens!)

2019 flew by with lots of great things being led, championed and developed by the Healthy Ageing team and I know 2020 will be equally as amazing. Our colleagues across Wessex have been fantastically supportive too and we are grateful for your ongoing support and enthusiasm for the Programme – we couldn’t do it without you.

We are just finalising our Business Plans for 2020-2022, but 2020 will see the launch of the e-hydration toolkit, frailty training materials, the implementation of frailty screening standards, the development of a digital nutrition wheel.. and lots, lots more… watch this space…!

2020 marks the start of the decade of healthy ageing ( and as a new years goal (rather than resolution), I am asking colleagues to think and share their Healthy Ageing/Ageing Well transformation goals at @wessexageing – what would you like to achieve in 2020 for individuals living with frailty across Wessex?
Cheryl Davies - Programme Manager Healthy Ageing 
Improving Hydration in Hampshire Care Homes
In April 2018, we started a project in collaboration with Hampshire County Council (HCC) aimed at improving hydration in the care homes owned by HCC. The project aimed to improve hydration awareness and practice among staff with a view to producing a sustainable long-term model that could be rolled out to other homes, including independent and group care homes.
The project involved providing training to ‘Hydration Champions’ and managers, hosting networking workshops to maintain engagement, and making hydration fun and creative. We have just published our final report on this project which is available to view here.

Healthy Ageing Blogs
During 2019 we have been running a series of Healthy Ageing blogs to showcase the collaborative work we undertake with our colleagues across Wessex – these have been well received by our readers as it provides a platform to share the work the team are doing in collaboration with our partners, but also enable connections to be made. If you haven’t had a chance to read any of our blogs please take a look. We are planning the schedule for 2020, so if you would like the opportunity to write a blog and share your experiences of working with us, please get in touch.
Launch of the Nutrition Wheel
It’s been 4 months since the national launch of the Nutrition Wheel by the Malnutrition Task Force. To date, a total of 569 Nutrition Wheels have been distributed to individuals / organisations who wish to try them out. We recently sent out a survey on the use of the Nutrition Wheel to enable us to review the feedback to date. If you have received a Nutrition Wheel, we’d be really grateful if you could complete the following short survey about your experience (the survey will close soon, so please compete it asap!) Hot off the press…. We are also excited to announce that our research paper on the validation of the four questions used on the Nutrition Wheel along with Part A of the Patients Association Nutrition Checklist has been published in the Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics and the print version is available in volume 33, issue 1 (February 2020). If you still haven’t ordered your Nutrition Wheel, please visit the Malnutrition Task Force website here.
ESCAPE-pain Network
Our second network event on November 20th was a huge success.  It was an opportunity to showcase and share our success stories and to start to think about long term sustainability of the programme.  We will be taking the ideas from this event and using them to shape the future for ESCAPE-pain in the Wessex area. 
Local facilitator training
Jo Marks co-delivered a further local facilitator training day in December, training another 9 facilitators to run the ESCAPE-pain programme.  This brings the total number of trained facilitators in our region to 65.  We now have 21 active sites with another 7 sites trained and ready to start delivering in the near future. As more and more new sites come on board we are really starting to see ESCAPE-pain spread across all areas of the Wessex AHSN geography, making the programme accessible to more and more people, giving them the opportunity to improve their mobility, reduce their pain and learn how to effectively manage their condition.

London training dates
If you are interested in becoming an ESCAPE-pain Facilitator, or would like more information regarding the programme, please contact

Hydration in domiciliary care
Our 6-month project to evaluate an approach to improving hydration in older people receiving domiciliary care at home is now over halfway through. We carried out 6 training sessions across both agency branches in November, training a total of 39. We are now partway through the intervention phase of the project, and we will shortly be carrying out some mid-phase telephone interviews with carers, before going into the branches to carry out more detailed focus groups in February. For more information about this project click here.
Congratulations to the team from West Hampshire CCG for winning the Community and other Organisations category for their work on the New Forest Frailty Model. The judges were impressed with the clear aim to develop and deliver their Frailty Model, and their clear identification of each team members role so they can respond and treat as appropriate. Judges thought it was an overall great piece of work. Well done! Find out more here

Q Innovations Expo

Register now for an exciting innovation event. This highly interactive event will be a mix of inspiring speakers and an exhibition of ready-to-go QI focused innovations for health and social care. Q is an initiative connecting people who have improvement expertise across the UK. There are over 200 members in Wessex and the community continues to grow.
Click here to learn more about the event/register and here for more information on Q including how to join.
The AHSN's Patient Safety team has a dedicated webpage on Quality Improvement (QI) for health and social care staff using QI approaches as a core part of their work. Click here to view the page and access the wealth of resources.

Wessex Acute Frailty Audit

The next acute frailty audit will be run during October/November 2020 with a follow up workshop event in March 2021. Work is in progress finalising the audit tool for trial with the Health Innovation Network in Quarter 1 2020/21 ready for the Wessex and wider AHSN rollout later in the year.
Frailty Screening
The frailty screening standards are in the final stages of review – they now include a focus on the importance of capturing screening for service planning and operational management oversight.
Community Frailty Audit
22 Primary Care Networks completed the Community Frailty Audit (CFA) during October 2019. The CFA covered the following areas; the screening and sharing of frailty information, frailty knowledge, skills and training, current frailty pathway processes, multidisciplinary team interactions and identified service improvement opportunities and innovations.
A Wessex Academic Health Science PCN Frailty workshop is planned in February 2020, where we will be welcoming Dr David Atwood, GP with a specialist interest in frailty from South Devon as our key note speaker, who will be sharing his collaborative working experiences at PCN level with us
The workshop will provide an opportunity for PCN Clinical Directors, frailty leads, service managers and CCG and STP leads to review overarching themes from the audit and understand opportunities for implementing best practice approaches for caring for people living with frailty across Wessex PCNs.

The workshop will provide an opportunity for:
  • learning across the Wessex PCNs
  • identification of best practice models of frailty provision
  • identification of topics for Wessex wide service improvement projects and at PCN level via a PCN Collaborative
 If you would like more details on the planned PCN event, please contact us at
INSCCOPe Project
The annual BAPEN conference was held on 26-27th November 2019 in Belfast. Our Nutrition Clinical Lead Dr Jane Murphy and dietitian Annie Aburrow both jetted over to present posters on our research. Jane presented her poster on phase 2 of the INSCCOPe project, and Annie presented her poster on the new workbook and training videos we have developed for staff working in community teams. The new training videos were published on our website before Christmas, and show a nurse carrying out a nutrition assessment in a patient’s own home. They can be accessed from our website here 
Community of practice event - Spotlight on Delirium - November 11 2019
The Healthy Ageing Programme run biannual events for those in our community of practice. The community of practice is made up of colleagues that are passionate about Ageing Well from across health, social and voluntary care services.
Our November 2019 event, held at Merley House in Dorset, focused the spotlight on Delirium, one of the 5 recognised frailty syndromes.

A vibrant, diverse audience from across Wessex explored best practice, and, as Anna Chainey, Health Education England Trainee Consultant Practitioner Older People and Frailty, aptly put it, ‘Delirium why should I care?’
Excellent interaction was expertly facilitated by the Salisbury Dementia and Delirium team during the workshop session. A final paper highlighting learning will be published in January 2020. Thank you to Julia Barton, Sandy Woodbridge and Stuart Murray.
We also journeyed together with Dr Yasir Al Rawi through the North Hampshire Delirium Pathway pilot and were inspired by Emma Gardiner on the theme of Social Prescribing within Frailty Management, challenging us to think about:

  • “What matters most to me”
  • What would those we design services for say?
Thank you also to James Lee, Consultant Practitioner Trainee, Older Persons and Frailty Health Education England Wessex, for sharing your learning and experience on the importance of a good collateral history and advising us on the report. Visit our website for further resources from the day.
If you would like to join the Wessex AHSN Healthy Ageing Community of Practice please email us at
Thinking Differently: Ageing Well and Frailty 12th March 2020 Conference
Be inspired to think differently by national and local leaders in the ageing well and frailty arenas. The conference has been designed to challenge decision makers and service leads, with interactive workshops and networking opportunities which promise to encourage conversations around innovation and how behavioural science learning can help us to implement change.
Enabling us all to be the change we long to see in the World Health Organisation decade of healthy ageing 2020-2030.
Healthier for longer: How healthcare professionals can support older people
Click here to view the resource in full.
We are really excited to be on the home strait towards the publishing of our hydration E-learning toolkit. The toolkit will include an online training module, a colourful hydration leaflet, a video on how to assess someone for dehydration, and links to other resources. The training module, developed in co-production with Hampshire County Council is an online course, that will be available free of charge to any organisation. The module focuses specifically on improving hydration in older people, and is suited to any carer, including paid carers, volunteers and family carers. It takes approx. 40 minutes to complete. We are currently looking at recruiting some domiciliary carers, volunteers and family carers to help us by testing the online training module. If you would like to be involved, please email us at
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