Age UK - NHS 'must work really well for older people' to be successful in future
As the NHS releases its Five Year Forward View, Age UK has highlighted how older people must be put at the centre of the UK's health service in order for it to be sustainable.
- The Five Year Forward View setting out how the NHS will provide a better service in key areas
- Part of the plan involves transforming older people’s care to ease pressure on hospitals
- Caroline Abrahams of Age UK says that while the charity supports this plan, the NHS must deliver in practice in order to succeed.
Forward view to tackle care gap and other key challenges
As it approaches its 70th anniversary, the NHS has unveiled its Five Year Forward View, outlining the main improvements it will make to the service over the next five years.
Better care for older people is one of the five areas in which it seeks to deliver practical change. To achieve this, services provided by GPs, hospitals, therapists, nurses and care staff will be brought together, with the aim of reducing the time spent in hospital.
This marks a key step towards integrated care and will use technology to meet rising demand and provide a higher quality of care.
Age UK supports drive for better care
“It’s good to see that improving provision for our older population is one of the five priorities in NHS’s new plan and we strongly support the ambition of joining up care around their needs,” said Age UK’s Charity Director Caroline Abrahams in support of the new plan.
“Older people repeatedly tell us that they want to live independently and it is good for the taxpayer too as care homes and hospital care cost a lot more than someone living in their own home.”
She noted that older people are the majority users of the NHS so it must work effectively for them if it is to be a successful service. “We hope the detail set out in the plan will spell out what that looks like in practice.”
Which other areas are going to be improved?
In addition to care for older people, the other main areas affected by the Five Year Forward View are:
- Improved cancer care, which the NHS aims to save an extra 5000 lives a year
- Boosting mental health services by increasing beds for children and young people
- Better access to GP services through longer opening hours
- More efficient services and less waste
For more information:Call Age UK Advice: 0800 169 2081
Latest News from
Age UK comments on Dispatches investigation into Bupa care homes20/06/2017 12:35:00
Age UK has commented on the Channel 4 Dispatches programme from Monday 19 June 2017, 'Bupa Care Homes Undercover'.
Care system 'buckling' says Age UK as major care homes investigation launches15/06/2017 10:35:00
A recent study into the quality of care homes which has sparked a much wider legal investigation has been called 'a manifestation of our buckling social care system' by Age UK.
Diabetes UK - Brits failing to meet the recommended daily allowance of fruit and veg13/06/2017 09:35:00
A new survey* commissioned by Diabetes UK to promote its Food you love healthy eating campaign in Diabetes Week (Sunday 11 June to Saturday 17 June), has found that 66 per cent of adults eat three or fewer portions of fruit and/or vegetables a day – well below the recommended five portions - and 46 per cent won’t eat any fruit at least three days a week.
CRUK - Combining immunotherapies could benefit some aggressive breast cancers09/06/2017 10:15:00
Using two immunotherapy drugs together could help treat some patients with an aggressive form of breast cancer, according to an Australian study.
CRUK - Two clinical trials show promise with different targeted drugs for lung cancer07/06/2017 14:10:00
Two drugs targeting different gene faults in lung cancer have shown potential to be better than those already available, according to unpublished clinical trials.
CRUK - New chemotherapy approach offers breast cancer patients a better quality of life07/06/2017 12:10:00
The chemotherapy drug capecitabine gives patients a better quality of life and is as effective at preventing breast cancer from returning as the alternative regimen called CMF, when given following epirubicin.
CRUK - Adding abiraterone to standard treatment improves prostate cancer survival by 40 per cent06/06/2017 10:35:00
Adding abiraterone to hormone therapy at the start of treatment for prostate cancer improves survival by 37 per cent, according to the results of one of the largest ever clinical trials for prostate cancer presented at the 2017 ASCO Annual Meeting in Chicago and published in the New England Journal of Medicine on Saturday.
British Red Cross - Manchester attack – What happens after05/06/2017 16:15:00
An edition of the BRC’s Newsthink encourages young people to consider ways that the public helped each other after the explosion. It also explores the role of practical help and emotional support during and after an emergency.