• To fully realise the frailty icare toolkit, a robust workforce infrastructure is required for people, staff and commissioners that is fit-for-purpose.
  • There are two huge challenges facing the care system today; an ageing population and a resource challenge.
  • These challenges are compounded by the fact that we have capacity and capability gaps within our existing workforce that cares for older people, not least because traditionally only medicine had speciality focused training.


Skills for Health, NHS England, and Health education England are developing a core capabilities framework to support development of the workforce caring for older people living with frailty –

Enhanced Health in Care Homes (NHSE) – learning guide on ‘workforce development’ –

Fusion48 –

Resources on values based recruitment, Health Education England (2016) –

Nursing times / Care England Microsite

Resources for Older People Nurses –

Resources for Learning Disability Nurses –

Care sector resources –