Improving care for older people

Health Spaces | Headline sponsor: Improving Care for Older People 13th December

As the population ages, rates of vulnerabilities, frailty, and comorbidities collectively increase. More than 75% of 75-year-olds in the UK have multiple long-term conditions, rising to 82% of 85-year-olds. This increases pressure on the NHS, as well as driving up prices for private care provision, and longer lives add to pressures on the housing sector as properties are inhabited for a longer time.

Advances in healthcare and increased standards of living are increasing life longevity. More than a fifth of the population is already over 60, and the ONS predicts that number to increase by almost 5 million people by 2025 (2015). The number of people aged 85 and over is projected to almost double by 2045 (ONS, 2022).

Improvements in quality-of-care provision

Health Spaces are the headline sponsor for the IGPP event: Improving Care for Older People. This thought-leadership event will seek to explore improvements in quality-of-care provision in nursing homes, geriatric care, and other facets of healthy aging for the older population.

The event will be opened by Liz Jones, Policy Director at the National Care Forum, and Ian Trenholm, Chief Executive, Care Quality Commission.

Developing a person-centred care approach for older people in care homes

This session will look at how to put the person who is using the service at the centre of everything that is done in a care home.

  • Providing services that are varied, innovative and meet the needs of individuals.
  • Developing strong leadership to develop a culture within a care home which supports personalisation.
  • Encouraging families to be active partners in the care that is offered to residents.
  • Working jointly with health and social care partners, the third sector and community organisations to transform local care.

Older people’s health and care: what do they need from services?

In this session, Dr Lis Boulton will present findings from Age UK’s latest wave of research on older people’s health and care. This research has been conducted every six months since August 2020 and provides a rich source of evidence about how living through the pandemic has affected older people’s lives.

From Autumn 2022, this research will provide an annual picture of older people’s concerns, including access to health and care services, changes in physical and mental health, relationships with others, providing care, and the impact of the cost-of-living crisis on their health. The findings will be tied in with changes to the health and care system, highlighting opportunities to improve older people’s experiences.

Improving healthcare in care homes – what does good healthcare provision look like?

This workshop will recommend that the NHS works with care homes to roll out and fund programmes to enable enhanced healthcare services.

  • Dedicating appropriate government funding for the development of care home staff.
  • Developing and standardising a definition of a care home multidisciplinary team across the UK.
  • Ensuring that care home residents are able to access NHS-funded rehabilitation, equipment and other services.

Case Study: Addressing frailty needs and improving outcomes through integrated working

This case study will address high frailty patterns in the area and the increasing risk of dependency on services instead of self-care and self-management.

  • Taking a preventative approach to support people with moderate frailty by putting measures in place to encourage greater independence.
  • Recognising loneliness and isolation as key indicators for risk and putting in place integrated team working to address health and social issues.
  • Establishing the Proactive Care Team to work with partners to provide holistic, person-centred care for people with moderate frailty.
  • Using a health intelligence tool to proactively find patients using the frailty system and bring people into the care of a multi-disciplinary team.

Case Study: Providing a specialist service for patients living with frailty who attend hospital

Dr Lucy Abbott, Consultant Geriatrician and Chief of Service for Community Services and Older People’s Medicine, Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust, will discuss the follow key areas:

  • Developing, creating and delivering a person-centred pathway to support patients living with frailty.
  • Accessing the highest quality acute care in the right place at the right time.
  • Maximising independence and reducing length of stay in hospital.
  • Working closely with community-based teams and providing standardised comprehensive geriatric assessments for patients referred to the frailty team.
  • Assessing people with frailty in a truly holistic way and bridging the gap for patients between hospital and home.

Improving the quality of care in care homes: identifying and addressing the challenges.

  • Addressing the growing challenges in recruiting staff and nurturing and valuing the workforce.
  • Assessing CQC ratings and to what extent they truly reflect peoples’ experience of care.
  • Improving care with strong leadership, a focus on continues quality improvement and a culture that gives staff time to listen to residents.
  • Examining the growing evidence about what works, particularly for people with dementia.
  • Recognising the importance to care homes of support from GPs and the wider healthcare system.

Case Study: Mental Health – The Missing Piece

Hosted by Dr Amanda Thompsell, National Specialty Advisor, Older People’s Mental Health, NHS E&I, this session will look at where the needs of older adults with mental illness may be different from working age adults, discussing where older adults’ mental health fits into the integrated care system and how healthcare design can help to improve mental health.

Case Study: Supporting older people in the community who are at risk of social isolation

  • Tackling the growing problem of loneliness and social isolation and the consequence for health and increased demand on public services.
  • Providing a range of services and interventions to support people to live well at home and improve their physical and mental health.
  • Launching the Positive Wellbeing Service to provide up to 12 weeks of support to help reconnect people with their communities and regain independence.
  • Giving community wardens extra training covering areas such as mental health first aid, health coaching and suicide prevention.
  • Working alongside individuals to develop personal plans and help them to enact them

This Improving Care for Older People event will bring together geriatricians, senior care workers, housing associations, local authorities, and care home managers along with academics to share best practice and discuss policy issues.

Learning Outcomes

  • Reframing frailty as a long-term condition to be prevented.
  • Reducing long-term ill-health through empowering people to make healthier, independent choices.
  • Explore collaborative projects between health and social care sectors.
  • Combatting staff shortages with innovative, sustainable and diverse recruitment and retention strategies.
  • Understand the implications of Integrated Care Services (ICS) for older people.


To book your tickets, visit IGPP.

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