News and events

Professor John Young and the Academic Unit of Elderly Care and Rehabilitation at Bradford Royal Infirmary marks 30-year anniversary with this feature in the Bradford Telegraph and Argus

RCP Excellence in Patient Care Awards 2017 winners

Innovation: The Electronic Frailty Index (eFI) Team – Development of the electronic frailty index (eFI) 

Why did they win?: The eFI represents a major, innovative advance in the care of older people because, for the first time, it enables identification of frailty using existing primary care data without the need for a resource-intensive clinical assessment. The eFI has been implemented in the leading UK primary care electronic health record systems and so is available across the UK. The reach and impact of this project is illustrated by the fact that the research paper was the most downloaded and cited paper in the journal Age and Ageing in 2016. 

The eFI wins the 2016 EHI award win for healthcare innovation

Andy Clegg, John Young and Tizzy Teale from the Academic Unit of Elderly Care & Rehabilitation, Leeds Institute of Health Sciences, were awarded the prestigious 2016 EHI Healthcare IT Product Innovation award. The award was made for the development, validation and implementation of an electronic frailty index (eFI) using routine primary care electronic health record (EHR) data. The EHI awards, held at the Lancaster Hotel in London on 29th September, celebrate exemplary achievements in Healthcare IT.

CARE 75+ study heads north (November 1st 2016)

CARE 75+ is heading far and wide with recruitment starting in new sites around the country. We have just opened a new site in Newcastle and recruited our first participant.   

SoReLL presents results at conferences

The Study of Resourcefulness in Later Life (SoReLL) team presented their emerging findings at the British Society for Gerontology at the University of Stirling in July 2016. The presentation was well received, and led to some great conversations with fellow researchers  working on similar topics in the UK and internationally!  The team also produced a poster detailing the study for the Bradford Institute for Health Research Conference, 'Research that changes a city, in October 2016.

Intern Catherine Beaumount completes placement at BTHFT and produces poster for the ‘Let’s Talk Research’ Conference in Manchester on the 15th and 16th September 2016  (September 2016)

Catherine Beaumount has recently completed the Health Education England, Integrated Academic Internship Programme. As part of this, Catherine spent time shadowing clinical academics and researchers between January and May at The Academic Unit of Elderly Care and Rehabilitation , part of the Bradford Institute of Health Research, based at Bradford Teaching Hospitals Foundation NHS Trust. One of the course outputs was to produce a poster for the ‘Let’s Talk Research’ Conference in Manchester on the 15th and 16th September 2016, aimed at early career researchers. I based my poster around The Study of Resourcefulness in Later Life (SoReLL)

The CARE 75+ study celebration event (5th October 2016)

To celebrate the ongoing success of the Yorkshire and Humber Community Ageing Research Study 75+ (CARE75+), and to thank all of its participants for their continued support, an afternoon of exhibitions and lunch took place at the Carlisle Business Centre in Bradford.

This event, which followed on from a celebration afternoon tea organised for those involved in the study last year, was an opportunity for people to meet other participants in their area along with the wider research team. There was also an opportunity to feed back any comments or questions about the research and its future direction – as well as to see and hear about the work in which everyone is involved. There was an exhibition of photographs of study participants by Ian Beesley, conference posters and drawings produced from the CARE75+ cohort and sub-studies were on display.

One of the cohort sub-studies, SoReLL reported back on early results of how individuals develop and maintain resourcefulness in later life. In addition we received some useful participant input into shaping a new proposal around the self-management of pain in older people. Over 70 people attended the event and the afternoon was enjoyed by both participants and research staff (old and new). We are hoping to make it an annual celebration.

The CARE 75+ study celebration event (6th October 2015)

On Tuesday 6th of October 70 older people and their guests from across the Bradford district were treated to afternoon tea in the splendour of the French Ballroom at the Midland Hotel, Bradford.  The Event was held as a ‘thank you’ to participants of the Community Ageing Research 75+ (C.A.R.E) Study. The CARE 75+ observational cohort is being developed to facilitate further cohort multiple randomised controlled trials with older people – which have been traditionally hard to recruit.  So far 97% of the participants have agreed to be contacted about other studies.  This study is part of a Primary Care Based Management of Frail Older People theme funded by the NIHR CLAHRC YH. Participants attending the tea were all very positive about helping to further understanding of the ageing process, one commented; I think it will be of advantage to people following us.  (And,) Have found the programme very interesting

Those attending felt that priority areas for research with older people should be around loneliness, exercise and mobility, memory problems and pain. 

Staff visit to the Institute for Ageing, University of Newcastle (15th October 2014)

Caroline and  Ikhlaq (researchers on the CARE study), and Anne Heaven (CARE study manager) visited the Institute for Ageing at the University of Newcastle and found it a really useful experience. The session was run by Karen Davies (Senior Academic Research Nurse) and she talked about her work on the 85+ Newcastle study.

Karen shared her insights as well the experiences of the research nurses working on the 85+ study for example setting up the study and the day to day management. Staff learned about the ‘ins and outs’ of recruiting older people into studies (many helpful tips given!),  as well as some of the challenges faced by research nurses, including for example, telephoning participants who are hard of hearing. However, it was the very real sense of camaraderie among the 85+ Newcastle team that impressed everyone. Karen was very generous with her time,  and in sharing their study’s procedures and documents with us, so we have benefited from understanding what worked well for them.