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Research on the Frontline #7

Research on the Frontline #7

This week's Research on the Frontline Case Study comes from Asangaedem Akpan, MPH FRCP, Consultant Geriatrician/ Ageing SRG Lead/Visiting Prof, University of Cumbria/Hon Clinical Associate Prof, University of Liverpool/Chair Mersey British Geriatrics Society who shares how the current pandemic has impacted his research.

 

Full Name & Job Title: Asangaedem Akpan MPH FRCP, Consultant Geriatrician/ Ageing SRG Lead/Visiting Prof, University of Cumbria/Hon Clinical Associate Prof, University of Liverpool/Chair Mersey British Geriatrics Society. Tweets at @asanakpan

Department currently working on: Virtual meetings with older people, academics and clinicians to generate research proposals

Please give us an outline of how you’re finding working during COVID-19:

Very rewarding because of the great collaborative team spirit and tremendous support from our managers. I provide remote clinical consultations to older people referred by GP's and community clinicians, participate in virtual MDT's to support heart failure care and care homes, support a clinical advisory line for care homes and am available for clinical advice for GP's and community clinicians. Once weekly I am in the hospital reviewing and providing care to older people with a great MDT.
Concurrently I am on various working groups locally and nationally providing advice on how best to care for older people during this COVID19 pandemic. I find this particularly very enjoyable as older people have unique issues that is sometimes not appreciated or understood and having the opportunity to ensure this is clearly articulated is very satisfying and rewarding. I was delighted that the Heseltine Institute published my recommendations on care homes and COVID19 please click here to view.


Why do you think research is important?

Research generally but specifically in older people gives all of us an opportunity to advance the boundary of knowledge in health and social care which will improve the care we deliver and improve not only life span but the quality of life. We are gradually developing proposals to increase care home research and in older people with frailty with various stakeholders including older people.
Research active units, practices or organisations tend to have and provide better care because they are usually used to the discipline of following protocols in research which translates easily into following up to date clinical guidelines.
Research also supports early career researchers and in Ageing we are working hard to increase this so that we will have a strong clinical academic workforce for the future in the Northwest.

Thank you to Asangaedem Akpan, MPH FRCP, Consultant Geriatrician/ Ageing SRG Lead/Visiting Prof, University of Cumbria/Hon Clinical Associate Prof, University of Liverpool/Chair Mersey British Geriatrics Society, for taking the time out of his extremely busy schedule to share his experience of research on the frontline during COVID-19.