CLaD 2.0 - Conversations on living and dying: Facilitating advance care planning with older people living with advancing frailty
Advance care planning (ACP) enables people nearing the end of life to talk about what matters most to them, including their preferred future care. It is particularly important for older people living with frailty as they are vulnerable to sudden health changes, but this group are rarely engaged with ACP conversations.
The CLaD 2.0 study builds on the Conversations on Living and Dying intervention. Developed by a team of researchers working with older people with frailty, unpaid carers, health and social care professionals, and patient and public involvement (PPI), CLaD supported care professional to facilitate ACP conversations with older people living with frailty.
This study moves the original intervention forward. Working with older people with frailty and those important to them, we will co-produce resources specifically designed to support older people with frailty to engage with ACP. Co-production will happen through a workshop and, to reduce burden on attendees, the research team and PPI representatives will use this data to develop the resources. The resources will then be tested in practice with care staff and older people with frailty and refinements made.
What educational and preparatory resources are required to support older people living with advancing frailty to engage with ACP?
To co-produce resources with older people living with advancing frailty to increase ACP engagement.
For more information on the CLaD or CLaD 2.0 studies please contact Sarah Combe at email@example.com or see below:
- Read about the CLaD intervention
- Read about the importance of living well now and relationships when engaging older people with frailty in advance care planning
- Read about the need for a systemwide approach when implementing advance care planning with community-dwelling frail elders.
Dr Sarah Combes
Sarah Combes is a Research Fellow in Palliative Care and Ageing at the University of Surrey and a specialist palliative care nurse at St Christopher’s Hospice in South London. As a clinical academic, Sarah is working to support and develop a programme of clinically applied, translational research, that supports people as they near the end of life, their loved ones, and health and social care professionals. Her work centres around palliative and end of life care for older people living with advancing frailty and multiple morbidities, with a particular interest in decision-making, workforce development and service improvement.
Sarah is the Research Fellow on the PALLUP study which aims to improve home-based palliative care for older people living with advancing frailty by
- Understanding the palliative care needs of older people living with severe frailty;
- Supporting families to work with palliative care services and reduce unnecessary interventions; and
- Equipping community services to provide palliative care for older people living with severe frailty, to ensure a consistently high-quality service.
Previously Sarah was the Research Fellow for ALLIANCE, which sought to grow a partnership of care providers in the East Midlands, South East of England, and South West London, to build research capacity and agree research priorities focused on improving the coordination of end-of-life care for community-dwelling older people with advancing frailty.
Prior to moving to Surrey, Sarah's was awarded a prestigious HEE/NIHR Clinical Doctoral Research Fellow which she completed at King’s College London. Her PhD focused on developing a behaviour change intervention to support health and social care professionals to better instigate and support advance care planning with older people living with advancing frailty. Sarah is currently forwarding this work through her recently awarded KSS ARC Individual Development Award which seeks to co-produce resources with and for older people living with frailty and their informal carers to support advance care planning conversations.
Professor Caroline Nicholson
Professor of Palliative Care and Ageing
Caroline is a Clinical Academic Nurse and her research forwards understanding and care for older people living with complex needs. She is particularly interested in the transitions that occurs in the last phase of life. Caroline qualified as a Registered Nurse at St Bartholomew’s Hospital London. She worked as a specialist Palliative Care Nurse before undertaking a combined BSc (Hons) in Community Nursing DN/HV Certs at King’s College London. She went on to an MSc in Medical Anthropology at Brunel University London before completing her PhD at City University, London in 2009. She is a FHEA from the Institute of Education and holds a diploma in psycho-dynamic approaches to old age from the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, London
Caroline is a HEE/NIHR Senior Clinical Academic Lecturer, working between the School of Health Sciences at Surrey University and St Christopher’s Hospice, London. She is passionate in her belief that everyone should have access to the best care and support in the final years of their life. She has a long-held interest in the experiences and palliative care needs of older people and their families and is co-lead in End of life Care for the British Geriatrics Society.
Caroline studies the experiences and care of older people living with complex needs across care settings, to develop interventions which equally value quality of life with quantity of years in old age. She has a long-held interest in the experience of older people living with frailty, and their capabilities as well as their current and future vulnerabilities. Her work also includes the development of care services and a workforce that can recognize, facilitate and enhance the processes and outcomes of high-quality palliative and supportive care. Caroline is committed to building the next generation of clinical academics and is an NIHR Nurse Training Advocate . Research expertise includes participatory action research, narrative research, mixed method research and complex intervention development.