Giving people who are experiencing frailty better health and social care is the driving ambition of a University of Northampton lecturer whose new appointment will see her champion their needs and voices.
Dr Kim Stuart – a senior lecturer in occupational therapy – has started a new role as senior commissioning manager for frailty working across the Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) for Nene and Corby, supporting NHCP’s focus on helping people with frailty to choose well, stay well and live well.
Kim’s new position – which will last until June 2020 – will run alongside her teaching at the university. Kim said: “There is a huge culture shift about frailty and how we better care for those experiencing it. Now, there is a coming together of knowledge and experience about how to better manage frailty, an area I am passionate about, so it’s an amazing time to be a part of this direction of travel.
“I have a grandmother in her nineties and I feel the older generation are so important to us it’s vital not to let their worlds shrink as they age. This is what drives me and gets me out of bed in the morning – not just making a difference, but having a real impact on the quality of older people’s lives.”