25 March 2020: service update
The PAWS service that provides frailty assessments for moderate frailty has been suspended.
The Proactive Ageing Well Service (PAWS) is an Islington based, multidisciplinary team, supporting identification of people living with moderate frailty and making an assessment to identify their health and social needs. These are predominantly around risk of falls, polypharmacy and other medicine-related issues and social isolation. The aim is to address these needs with short-term interventions provided by the team or through onward referral and signposting to suitable services without the need for bounce back to the GP. The aim is to keep people with moderate frailty as well as possible, reduce risk of admission to hospitals or care homes for preventable causes and maximise quality of life.
The team consists of a nurse, physiotherapist, pharmacist and Age UK navigator.
PAWS works collaboratively with Whittington Health, the Islington GP Federation and Age UK Islington; breaking boundaries between primary, secondary care and the third sector.
The team aims to see patients at home for a holistic Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment (CGA), following this with evidence-based interventions and signposting/referral to appropriate services in the area.
The team on the ground
Dr Clarissa Murdoch, Consultant Geriatrician
David Lincoln, Specialist Nurse
Helen McGinley, Specialist Physiotherapist
Ali Hasan, Specialist Pharmacist
Ruhi Begum, Community Navigator
Dr Philly O’Riordan, GPwSI in Geriatrics
Local GP Surgeries
Age UK Islington
Islington GP Federation
External referrals are not accepted to the service.
In order to proactively identify those with moderate frailty, the service works with local GPs; using their knowledge of patients, the Rockwood Frailty Index and telephone screening.
If you are a GP practice who has not yet participated and would like to, then please email the team,
How to refer
The following clinicians can refer to this service:
Directly by email
If you are a GP practice who has not yet participated and would like to, then please email the team.
Proactive Ageing Well Service