I am an Advanced Nurse Practitioner in Elderly Care at the Royal Infirmary in Edinburgh. I am acutely aware that elderly patient’s are not always treated as a specialist group. We have physiological changes as we grow older and these impact on our ability to cope with physical and psychological issues. Although some people cope very well into old age without requiring specific help/care there is a large number who do not and I would hope some of this work would help identify their needs and/or showcase existing best practice.
Through my practice, I have become aware of a perceived gap in the availability of validated tools to support general nurses in their assessment and care of the elderly patient. I am interested in nurse’s general knowledge of the medical specialty of Elderly Care. In particular, I focus on the use of Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment (CGA) to identify issues within the elderly patient group. It looks at medical, function, psychological and environmental issues. I aim to examine nurses’ knowledge of this tool and to support their knowledge of Elderly Care through a prompt care or poster.
October Knowledge Exchange Event
Anne presented a preliminary overview of her research our first Knowledge Exchange event in October 2012. The PROP practitioner-researchers were asked to present on their impressions of the research process and to give a short outline of their research. Audio recording are available of both these presentations.
- Listen to Anne’s impressions of the research process
- Listen to Anne’s presentation about her project
May Knowledge Exchange Event
Anne recently presented her research at a PROP Knowledge Exchange event at the University of Edinburgh, in May 2013.
Here is a link to an audio recording of her presentation: Anne Scott’s Presentation.
Her presentation is available here: Anne Scott’s Powerpoint Presentation – May 9th 2013.
A copy of her postcard can be downloaded here: Anne Scott’s Postcard.