Frailty resources

View a range of tools and resources you can use to help improve outcomes for people living with frailty, along with case studies from health and social care teams.

What is frailty?

Frailty is the manifestation of ageing that is associated with poor outcomes, including increased risk of disability, hospital admission, institutional care or death. The impact on a person’s quality of life is considerable, as well as an increased use of primary care and unplanned secondary care services.

If frailty is identified at an early stage and individuals are targeted with evidence-based interventions that can manage frailty, or reverse it, this can improve people’s quality of life and wellbeing. Optimal outcomes are more likely achieved when community health and social care services and hospital systems are fully aligned, well-coordinated and care and support are attuned to the specific needs of people living with frailty.

Who are these resources for?

The resources on our pages can be used by health and care professionals, teams and organisations to consider how best to identify and support their frailty population.

How can Healthcare Improvement Scotland support you?

Healthcare Improvement Scotland delivers improvement programmes which contribute to improving outcomes for people living with frailty. Follow the below links for more information, tools and resources related to these programmes.

  • Current programmes
  • Past programmes
  • Quality Improvement

Any tools or resources that have helped you?

We welcome any suggestions you have for new resources and feedback to improve existing resources. If you have tools or resources that have helped you to make improvements locally or you want to provide feedback, please get in touch by emailing us at