Today Age UK along with the NHS Confederation and LGA is hosting an action event on improving dignity in care for older people. The day will give practitioners, commissioners and service representatives from across the health and social care sector a chance to get further involved in ensuring the delivery of dignified care.
Discussions today will help us to ensure that the long-term action plan we are developing with our partners at the NHS Confederation and the Local Government Association is informed by those commissioning, providing or receiving care. This plan will focus on working with our members and partners across health and social care to support delivery of the Commission’s recommendations.
The event will include a keynote speech from Sally Brearley, Chair of the Nursing and Care Quality Forum in the Department of Health. There will also be an overview of the Commission’s recommendations on improving dignity for older people in hospitals and care homes, this will provide opportunities to comment on how the Commissioners believe these now can be implemented.
There will be a panel discussion chaired by Age UK’s Michelle Mitchell on how can we embed the Commission’s recommendations across the NHS and care home sector, with insight on thoughts from Anna Bradley the new Chair of Healthwatch England, Andrea Sutcliffe the Chief Executive of Social Care Institute for Excellence, Sue Covill, the Director of Employment Services NHS and Professor Juliet Beal from the NHS Commissioning Board.
We are very pleased that there will also be a number of organisations sharing examples of best practice on various themes from the Commission, including, recruiting for values and behaviours and how to build the right culture in hospitals and care homes. The day will round up with participatory workshops again with examples of best practice on multi-disciplinary team working, developing a shared vision and standards for dignified care and listening and involving older people, their families, carers and advocates.