A guest blog from Professor Stephen Powis, NHS England Medical Director, on the innovative ways the NHS is adapting to an ageing society and more people living with multiple and long-term conditions.
The creation of the National Health Service seven decades ago was indisputably one of the greatest social advances of the last century.
For the first time in our history, it replaced public fears about the affordability of healthcare with a service based on equity.
The Prime Minister Theresa May was absolutely right to commit last week to increased long-term funding.
The NHS’s biggest task this century must be to adapt to profound shifts in the patterns of ill-health.
Continue reading “A renewed NHS will help tackle the health needs of today”
Meet 77 year old Robert.
Living in Thornton Heath, he was never apart from his wife of 45 years who he was caring for as she had cancer.
However, that was all about to change.
Continue reading “Age UK’s Personalised Integrated Care Programme is helping older people regain their independence”
Integrated care is one of the most important concepts in healthcare today.
For those unfamiliar, integrated care is a way of coordinating bodies from across health and social care to deliver truly personalised care for individuals. It moves the system away from an ‘episodic,’ fragmented care model to one that’s more continuous and seamless.
At Age UK, our Personalised Integrated Care Programme continues to expand and our interim evaluation results show it going from strength to strength.
Continue reading “Age UK’s Personalised Integrated Care Programme: where are we now?”
This is the first in a series of blogs on Age UK’s Integrated Care Programme. Here Kelly from Age UK’s ‘Living Well’ integrated care service in Portsmouth talks about the difference it’s making to older people’s lives.
A new service is changing the way health and care is delivered in Portsmouth.
‘Living Well’ is an integrated care service which sees Age UK Portsmouth working with the NHS Portsmouth Clinical Commissioning Group, Portsmouth City Council, Solent NHS Trust and Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust. Together our aim is to support older people to lead a more fulfilling life.
The service is targeted at people over the age of 50 with multiple long-term health conditions who have found themselves going in and out of hospital.
We have a great team here working on the service, full of staff and volunteers who want to enable some of the most vulnerable people to become more independent and fulfil their goals in life. We have already had some amazing successes with the people we have worked alongside so far. Continue reading “Guest blog: Changing the way health and care is delivered”
Two weeks ago, despite it being one of the first warm evenings of the year, a sizeable crowd gathered for the most recent in our series of Tavistock Square Debates tackling the big issues across health and care for older people. And this debate posed one of the toughest questions yet: “How do we make prevention real?”
Whether we are talking about preventing ill health in the first place or helping people stay well and manage a condition, we all agree prevention is better than cure. Likewise there is little argument that we should aim to prevent a crisis wherever possible.
However, in practice the case for investment and shifting resources ‘upstream’ is not always easy to make. In the light of the renewed emphasis on preventive approaches set out in the NHS Forward View and the Care Act, we asked our expert panel their views on what it would really take to break the cycle of short term targets and siloed budgets; to move from words to action.
Continue reading “How do we make prevention real?”
The need for integration in healthcare is very important and growing all the time.
Startling recent statistics show there are 2.6 million older people who live with multiple long term health conditions like diabetes, dementia and heart conditions. What’s more, over 65’s represent 60% of all hospital admissions, have longer average hospital stays than other age groups and are more likely to be readmitted within 28 days in an emergency.
It is against this backdrop that Age UK is expanding its Integrated Care Programme.
Our aim is to reduce the number of people with long-term conditions going into hospital through unplanned admissions, improve their health and wellbeing and ultimately deliver transformation to the whole system. Continue reading “Age UK’s Integrated Care Programme is making a difference”