Recipe for Care For Old People

October 2017

General Practitioners

Country of origin: UK

A leading older people?s doctor has published a report setting out the challenge ahead in looking after older people and why we need to change services to ensure they get the best possible care in the future.

Professor Ian Philp, National Director for Older People makes clear that with an increasingly ageing population the NHS and social care system needs to change.

The report includes personal accounts of how change is already a reality in parts of the NHS that has made a real difference for patients.

Announcing his report Professor Philp said: ?There are already many excellent examples of care for older people being delivered in new and different ways and settings and my report makes clear that this needs to be rolled out across the country. This includes Ambulance Trusts working in partnership with NHS and social care colleagues to prevent falls and manage patients? better after they have had a fall. Early intervention is vital. For example more investment on falls and bone health could prevent 4,000 hip fractures and save 800 lives every year. If every Strategic Health Authority spent 2m on this, they could each save 5m every year.

?What I am recommending is a five point plan to change older people?s services for the better; early intervention, long-term conditions management, early supported discharge, acute hospital care when needed and partnership working. This is already happening in some areas but it needs to happen across the country.

?By 2025 the number of people in the UK aged over 85 will have increased by two thirds. Older people are the main users of health and social care services and are three times more likely to be admitted to hospital after coming into A&E. People over 65 make up 10% of the population but over 40% of the NHS?s budget is spent on caring for them. On any given day 65% of hospital beds are occupied by the over 65s. Our existing services were not designed with older people?s needs in mind so we need to improve and reorganise services to better meet their needs.?

Recipe for Care is available on the Department of Health website.

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