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The state of health care and adult social care in England - 2017/18
This year’s CQC State of Care builds on the July 2018 report about the way that older people in 20 English local areas experienced care as they moved between the different services they need.
Commissioning services for frailty
Focusing community services on those with frailty can improve quality of care and reduce hospital bed usage. This guide provides advice on the commissioning and management of services for people living with frailty and includes the downloadable report Fit for Frailty Part 2.
Community services – do they compare to what it says on the tin?
People may argue that services in the community must be developed to provide care appropriate to the needs of the population now and in the future, but how can this be done?
Making the most of our assets
The Reimagining community services report (Kings Fund 2018) highlights the need for strengthening community services with the aim of supporting our older population, bringing to reality the vision set out in the NHS Five Year Forward View.
Ward rounds – are they safe and effective for patients and doctors?
Geriatricians are, in many hospitals, now responsible for more than 50 per cent of in-patients. A recent article in the BMJ suggests that doctors’ way of working would not be accepted by businesses making decisions with far less impact and suggests that the old concept of the ward round is broken.
Spring Speakers Series: Asthma in the older patient
Although regarded as a disease of children and young adults, evidence suggests that late onset asthma carries a poorer prognosis. In those aged over 75 the death rate from asthma has doubled. Dominick Shaw looks at this problem.
Advanced professionals supporting our frail patients, but how?
Despite geriatric medicine being one of the largest medical specialties in the UK, a majority of older people in hospital or community care aren't under the direct care of a geriatrician. There simply aren't enough of them to go around. Could Advanced Clinical or Nurse Practitioners support our growing number of frail patients?
Under what circumstances is a quality improvement collaborative likely to succeed in a care home setting?
The PEACH project is using improvement science to bridge the gap between what we know and what we do in terms of the healthcare services delivered to care homes in South Nottinghamshire.
Person-centred care in a sustainable system
The role of geriatricians and specialist health care professionals starts with identifying the care and treatment that best suits an older person’s individual needs and wishes, writes Eileen Burns, welcoming Independent Age’s new project, Doing care differently.
Seen the doctor on the Tele? Patient centred care needs for all including our older patients
Unsurprisingly many of us have more medical needs as we get older. While some people manage to stay remarkably fit, for others it is getting more difficult to get around town or worse across country.
Autumn Speakers Series: Is it just me… or have we listened and changed?
Care homes routinely feature in the press and not always for the right reasons. Sadly the negative stories do little to help us all promote the amazing work that is being done with people who live in care homes up and down the country.
The challenges of research in the care home setting
When older people are resident in care homes, things can get more challenging for researchers. Around 80 per cent live with dementia or a memory problem. Should we be recruiting such a vulnerable group into research at all? Yes we should, argues Annabelle Long.
Benchmarking practice in UK long-term care, can we make it work?
Benchmarking – where multiple providers compare their performance and practices using standardised measures – can provide a useful starting point for a processes of continual quality improvement and assurance in care homes, writes Adam Gordon.
Who knows what the next 70 years will bring?
Liz Charalambous gives a personal opinion, reflecting on the seventieth anniversary of the BGS.
The BGS welcomes strategic approach to funding of care for older people
The BGS welcomes the announcement in the Chancellor’s Budget Statement on 8 March 2017, that the Government will be publishing a Green Paper in 2017 on the future financing of social care.
UK versus Netherlands: where would you want your grandmother looked after?
Seeing different European countries’ responses to an ageing population is an invaluable opportunity to learn and share innovation. As part of Health Education East Midlands’ Quality Improvement Fellowship, Barry Evans and Rachel Cowan were recently able to set up an exchange between the UK and the Netherlands for geriatricians in training.