Working in multi-disciplinary collaboration with other stakeholders, the BGS has contributed to a number of campaigns aimed at improving the delivery of health and social care to vulnerable older people. Most notable among these were:
Fit for Frailty Part II (2015)
Fit for Frailty Part 2 follows on from Part 1. It was produced in collaboration with the Royal College of General Practitioners and in association with Age UK. It provides advice and guidance on the development, commissioning and management of services for people living with frailty in community settings. Is is aimed at GPs, geriatricians, Health Service managers, Social Service managers and Commissioners of Services.
Fit for Frailty Part 1 (2014)
Fit for Frailty was produced in association with the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) and Age UK, and aims to be an invaluable tool for social workers, ambulance crews, carers, GPs, nurses and others working with older people in the community. The guidance will help them to recognise the condition of frailty and to increase understanding of the strategies available for managing it.
In the guidelines, the BGS calls for all those working with older people to be aware of, and assess for frailty. It dispels the myth that all older people are frail and that frailty is an inevitable part of age. It also highlights the fact that frailty is not static. Like other long term conditions it can fluctuate in severity.
Commissioning for Excellence in Care Homes 2013
Nearly 400,000 older people live in care homes in the UK, nearly 20 per cent of those aged 85+. Their health and social care needs are complex. All have some disability, many have dementia, and collectively they have high rates of both necessary and avoidable hospital admissions. Standard healthcare provision meets their needs poorly, but well-tailored services can make a significant difference.
Silver Book 2012
More older people than ever before are attending emergency departments and accessing urgent care services. There is a pressing need to address how older people are cared for over the first 24 hours of an urgent care episode. Attending an Emergency Department is associated with a high risk of admission for older people. Not only are older people admitted to hospital more frequently but they stay in hospital longer than other patient groups. The Silver Book recommends ways in which emergency admissions can be reduced and the experience of those admitted improved. It considers all the clinical contacts which a patient might have during an emergency and suggests minimum standards and responses for each service including: primary care – in and out of hours; ambulance services; emergency departments; urgent care units – including minor injury units and walk-in-centres; acute medical units and community hospitals.
Continence Care 2012
Incontinence is a sign that something is wrong. If somebody is incontinent, look for a cause and ask a nurse or doctor for advice. We all want dignity, privacy, choice, care, hygiene, comfort and control over when we go to the toilet.
Quest for Quality in Care Homes 2011
This campaign marks the start of a process of partnership to develop impetus, resources and clinical guidance that will support the NHS to play part in improving the experience and the quality of life of residents in care homes. Its recommendations were developed through collaborative inquiry of stakeholders drawn from care homes, social care, NHS (including primary care) and academia. The report describes current NHS support for care homes. It tells a story of unmet need, unacceptable variation and often poor quality of care provided by the NHS to the estimated 400,000 older people resident in UK care homes. It describes what should and could be done and calls for national action by government and local action by NHS commissioners, planners and clinical services to improve the quality of NHS support to care homes. It highlights the need to build joint professional leadership from the health, social, and care home sectors, statutory regulators and patient advocacy groups to find the solutions that none of these can achieve alone.
Vulnerable older people deserve to be treated with dignity, respect, humanity and compassion. Dignity and respect is everybody's responsibility. This campaign points to markers of respect in eating and drinking; using the toilet; mobility; and communication.
Dignity 2006 - Behind Closed Doors
The aim of the campaign is to raise awareness that people, whatever their age and physical ability, should be able to choose to use the toilet in private in all care settings.