An independent commission formed to drive improvements in urgent and emergency care for older people has begun a series of visits to discover more about innovative approaches to unscheduled care and initiatives keeping people out of hospital.
Taking place over August and early September, the visits will consider a range of urgent care systems spanning acute and primary care, voluntary sector and local government partners, and commissioners.
Six organisations will host commissioners from the Commission on Improving Urgent Care for Older People to discuss their approach and experience:
- South West Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust
- Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust
- Barking and Dagenham, and Havering and Redbridge clinical commissioning groups
- Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
- Oxford Terrace and Rawling Road Medical Group
- Age UK’s Cornwall Pathfinder project
The learning tour forms part of the commission’s work to develop patient-centred, evidence-based solutions to the challenges of caring for the frail elderly – both within and outside of hospitals.
It builds on a call for evidence, launched in March, which received more than 70 submissions detailing how health, care and third sector organisations are making integrated joined-up care a reality.
“The best practice examples are providing us with very important insights into what good urgent and emergency care for older people living with frailties/complex co-morbidities looks like,” said commission chair, Dr Mark Newbold.
The NHS Confederation launched the commission in March 2015 to find workable and patient-centred solutions to address the challenges of urgent care for older people.
Chaired by Dr Mark Newbold, a former trust chief executive, the commission brings together leaders from hospitals, primary care, third sector, community services and local government, specialist clinicians, older people’s advocates and commissioners.
Over the next few months, the commission will consider the learning from the site visits, best practice examples, a review of the literature and feedback from NHS Confederation members to develop a set of practical recommendations.
A final report will be published in the winter before a series of member support is rolled out next year.
The commission will also produce a set of resources to support the spread and implementation of good practice