Personalised Care Planning for Older People with Frailty (PROSPER)

Researchers from the University of Leeds and University of Manchester, in partnership with Age UK, have received £2.7 million of funding from the National Institute for Health Research to develop and test a new type of care which aims to improve the quality of life for older people with frailty by giving them choice and control over decisions about their own health and wellbeing.

The new type of care, called personalised care planning, is designed to improve self-management skills and help older people with frailty to improve their wellbeing and thrive with the support of their community.  This approach also aims to improve coordination of GP, voluntary sector and social care services and increase the social networks of older people with frailty.

The overall aim of this five year research programme is to find out whether personalised care planning improves quality of life for older people living with frailty, and is cost-effective.  The team plan to identify which people should receive personalised care planning by studying how quality of life and use of health and social care services changes as frailty develops.  They will also study the existing Age UK Personalised Integrated Care Service, designed to provide person-centred care planning for older people, to see how it might be improved, in preparation for a large trial to test effectiveness, involving 2,000 older people across Yorkshire and Greater Manchester.