Greater Manchester Frailty Network & Clinical Reference Group

Who are we?

  • The Frailty Network and the SCN’s frailty work is built around the Frailty Clinical Reference Group. This is a group of clinicians and healthcare professionals dedicated to improving services and outcomes for people living with frailty and their families and carers.
  • The Group is chaired by our clinical lead, Professor Martin Vernon, and supported by our clinical advisor, Dr Saif Ahmed, a GP from Tameside.
  • The current work programme is building on the Framework for Resilience & Independent Living, which was developed by its predecessor – the Greater Manchester (GM) Frailty Collaborative.

What are our aims?

  • Our over-arching vision is of a society where people living with frailty will live as well as possible for as long as possible in the environment that suits them.
  • The GM Frailty Clinical Reference Group aims to ensure that clinical views feed into and influence the wider GM Ageing Well Strategy, in particular, ensuring effective services in the areas of:
    • Urgent community response
    • Enhanced health in care homes
    • Anticipatory care

Same day emergency care for acute frailty service patients

How do we do it?

  • Working with GM partners across the health and care system to support the identification of frail or pre-frail patients.
  • Identify and highlight variation by assessing service provision across all 10 localities against national and local standards.
  • Identifying best practice and sharing it across GM.
  • Actively participate in and support the GM Ageing Well Steering Group.

How do we make a difference?

  • We translate national and regional ambitions into GM strategy and actions to meet goals and improve services.
  • Ensure robust clinical leadership and input to the development and management of services.


How can I get involved?

The views of patients, the public and clinicians are very important to us.

To contact us to find out more about how to get involved, please email us at