Care in local communities: a new vision and model for district nursing

Department of Health

Care in local communities: a new vision and model for district nursing
This vision and service model builds on ‘Compassion in practice’, the national vision for nurses, midwives and care staff. It was developed by a strategic partnership of the Department of Health, NHS Commissioning Board Authority, The Queen’s Nursing Institute, alongside district nurse leaders and practitioners. It sets out the foundations of district nursing services, the developments and innovations that ensure services can meet current and future needs, and the district nurse-led team contribution to providing care and support in the community, including peoples’ homes. It aims to be a resource for those designing and providing local community health services, including nurse leaders, health and wellbeing boards, clinical commissioning groups, and others with an interest in developing integrated care for older people.

Cancer services coming of age

Learning from the improving cancer treatment assessment and support for older people project
This report summarises a series of pilots that tested whether appropriate assessment of older cancer patients would result in improved access to appropriate cancer treatment, based on need and not age. It also tested whether action, as a result of an age appropriate assessment, improved the scope for older people to benefit from treatment.

 

Also

Cancer Statistics from The King’s Fund

Guides for Health and Wellbeing Boards

Practical guides for health and wellbeing boards
These publications aim to help support the establishment of well-functioning health and wellbeing boards. They cover a range of themes including integration, criminal justice, improving population health and patient and public engagement.

King’s Fund: Toolkit for care of frail older people

Royal College of Physicians

Toolkit for improving care for frail older people
This is the third in a series of acute care toolkits which aims to improve the care of the frail older patient. The toolkit, produced in collaboration with the British Geriatrics Society, recommends procedures for both initial assessment on admission and later Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment.

Older people make up 60–70% of hospital inpatients, and most are admitted through an Acute Medical Unit (AMU), making this a key area in which care for older people can be influenced. It can be difficult for doctors to assess frail older patients as they can often arrive at hospital with multiple symptoms or conditions which can make it difficult to deduce the true cause of the admission.

The new six-page toolkit, produced in collaboration with the British Geriatrics Society, recommends procedures for both initial assessment on admission and later Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment (CGA).