The NHS England technical requirements for frailty have recently been updated. This is a contractual requirement and there is no payment count for this. Practices are required to create a frailty register & review severely frail patients.
Step 1 – Frailty Register
Practices must record a diagnosis of moderate or severe frailty. To do this, you can use the Electronic Frailty Index
To identify at risk patients, go to Reporting > Miscellaneous Reports > Electronic Frailty Index Report > Run Report
You should then clinically confirm the patient's frailty status before added the appropriate frailty read code below.
Mild Frailty (XabdY)
Moderate Frailty (Xabdb)
Severe Frailty (Xabdd)
Step 2 – Frailty Review
For patients with severe frailty, a clinical review is required to:
- Perform an annual medication review
- Record if a fall has occurred in the last 12 months
- Seek explicit consent to activate their additional SCR dataset
If you record a patient as ‘Severe Frailty’, they will be included in the LTC invitations
If a patient has frailty, they will have a ‘broken bone’ icon under their name. You can also access the Frailty template under Auto-Consultations > Ardens Conditions E-F.
The Home Tab will give a helpful summary of the patient, including key information such as care home and care team information, resus status and form, TEP, record sharing consents and previous care plans. For more information please visit our Home Tab Support Article.
The Review Tab can be utilised for severely frail patients to complete their annual assessment. All of the above mentioned requirements have a blue star next to them. Relevant scoring tools, BP monitoring and screening assessments are linked to the right of the template and a wellbeing leaflet can be produced if appropriate for the patient.
Please Note: The Blue Stars are linked to National Report Requirements and any Yellow Stars are Local Enhanced Services Codes if applicable.