A Quest for Quality in Care Homes
This 2011 BGS report marked 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.
Proactive care of older people undergoing surgery
More older people are undergoing surgery, but postoperative outcomes are worse than for younger patients. This case study looks at the Proactive Care of Older People undergoing Surgery (POPS) team at Guy's and St Thomas's.
Mental health - Helping an older person who is experiencing anxiety?
Feeling anxious from time to time is a normal human experience. When someone is anxious they might experience feelings of tension, nervousness, heightened awareness, fear or uncertainty, dry mouth and throat, and tightness in the chest.
Mental health nurses and older patients’ physical health needs
Physical health problems, particularly chronic health problems such as obesity, diabetes and smoking-related illnesses, are more common in people with long-term mental illness.
Improving healthcare support in care homes
This study describes the model of healthcare support being delivered to nursing homes in South Manchester since 2004.
What you should expect from your NHS bladder and bowel service
The Royal College of Physicians published audit findings about the services and quality of care of people with bladder and bowel incontinence in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The audit was commissioned by the Healthcare Quality and Improvement Partnership.
Wales: Core curriculum of competencies for intermediate care for SpRs in geriatric medicine
In a pioneering step, Wales has developed a comprehensive core curriculum of competencies for intermediate care for SpRs in geriatric medicine. While designed for SpRs in Wales, the curriculum has UK-wide relevance.
What is mental capacity? What do we really mean when we ask if a patient has (or lacks) capacity? Capacity often depends on context. The ethical conundrum of mental capacity unravelled.
Dignity campaign 2010
Vulnerable older people deserve to be treated with dignity, respect, humanity and compassion. The BGS promoted standards covering five key areas of caregiving, accompanied by a downloadable poster and flyer.
Who cares wins
Improving the outcome for older people admitted to the general hospital: Guidelines for the development of liaison mental health services for older people.
Advance care planning
Advance care planning (including end of life discussions) is being promoted as part of the NHS end of life care strategy. Such discussions require great care. The BGS with others have prepared guidelines on advance care planning which we summarise here.
Concise Guidance for the Use of Anti-Depressant Medication in Adults Undergoing Recovery or Rehabilitation Following Acquired Brain Injury
Depression is commonly associated with acquired brain injury (ABI) and can interfere with rehabilitation, leading to poorer outcomes. Management of depression is multi-factorial, and mood may well improve either spontaneously or as a result of rehabilitation and regained independence.