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The eFI uses existing patient data in primary care to identify populations of people aged 65 and over who are frail.

This early identification of people who are frail creates opportunity to predict those who may be at greatest risk of adverse outcomes as a result of the vulnerability, and to allow the introduction of new preventative and proactive care models for frailty.

The electronic Frailty Index (eFI) has been developed as a partnership between the University of Leeds and The Phoenix Partnership (TPP).

Key achievements

  • Supported the assessment of frailty for over 1 million older people in the UK
  • Included in the NHS Long Term Plan
  • Underpinned NHS England national frailty policy (a global first)
  • Selected as a national impact case study by the UK Medical Schools Council
  • Supported national medicines optimisation policy through inclusion in the Primary Care Network Structured Medications Review contract
  • Supported the NHS England Ageing Well Programme through the Anticipatory Care Framework
  • Recommended in the Royal College of Anaesthetists and British Geriatrics Society 2021 perioperative care guidelines
  • Won the Healthcare IT Product Innovation category EHI 2016 Awards; Royal College of Physicians’ (RCP) Excellence in Patient Care Awards 2017