Future of UK Ageing Population Report (Government Office for Science)

Summary

A Government Office for Science report has assembled a range of evidence about the older population, in the attempt to identify trends and make projections of likely relevance for the UK government and others developing policies for an ageing population.

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Future of an ageing population. London: Government Office for Science / Foresight, July 7th 2016. (Ref: GS/16/10).

A brief overview is available from Future of Ageing. Further details of the project and the supporting evidence are available from Foresight Projects and the Ageing Population Foresight Project blog pages.

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Patients Aged Over of 75 Caused Over Half of Physical Assaults on NHS Staff? (BBC News / BBC Radio 5 Live / NHS Protect)

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Statistics from NHS Protect on physical assaults against NHS employees indicate that patients aged 75 and over accounted for 57% of violent incidents on wards, between 2010 and 2015 in England. It is estimated that 4% of the assaults involved centenarian patients.

The disproportionate number of incidents against NHS staff on hospital wards involving older people appears to reflect the difficulties in caring for the confused elderly. Other interpretations may be available.

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Fordham, C. (2016). Over-75s ‘perpetrators of NHS assaults’. London: BBC Health News (BBC Radio 5 Live), July 19th 2016.

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Five Year Forward View For Mental Health: Implementation Plans (NHS England)

Summary

Implementation plans are outlined regarding NHS England’s response to the Mental Health Taskforce’s recommendations for improving mental health care. The following report is a “blueprint” for coming changes in the NHS. It indicates what the public and service users can expect (and how soon). Commitments to funding increases for mental health services are included.

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PM sets tone for future of mental health – Claire Murdoch. [Online]: NHS England, July 19th 2016.

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Implementing the Mental Health Forward View. [Online]: NHS England, July 19th 2016.

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Implementing the five-year forward view for mental health. London: NHS England, July 2016.

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Thousands to benefit from kick-start of mental health services transformation. [Online]: NHS England, July 19th 2016.

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Helping a million more people by 2021 – Paul Farmer. [Online]: NHS England, July 19th 2016.

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Turning plans into reality – Professor Tim Kendall. [Online]: NHS England, July 20th 2016.

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Getting a whole system view of mental health services – Debra Gilderdale. [Online]: NHS England, July 21st 2016.

and finally:

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Being there when mental health patients need us – Kate Chartres. [Online]: NHS England, July 22nd 2016.

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Expert Consensus Guidelines for Family / Unpaid Carers on Assisting Persons With Cognitive Impairment or Dementia (BMC Geriatrics / Mental Health First Aid Australia)

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Experts were consulted with a view to developing a set of indicative guidelines for family and non-professional carers when assisting older persons either developing cognitive impairment or with dementia (or delirium). A list of potentially valuable skills (based on an analysis of the literature) was scrutinised by two international expert panels. Those items endorsed consensually as helpful were used as the basis of the guidelines explaining to family and non-professional carers what they should aim to be aware of, and do, in their caring roles.

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Bond, KS. Jorm, AF. [and] Kitchener, BA. [et al] (2016). Development of guidelines for family and non-professional helpers on assisting an older person who is developing cognitive impairment or has dementia: a Delphi expert consensus study. BMC Geriatrics, July 7th 2016, Vol.16(1), pp.129. (Click here to view the PubMed abstract).

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Mental Health First Aid Australia. Guidelines for helping the confused older person. Melbourne: Mental Health First Aid Australia; 2015.

“Each individual is unique and it is important to tailor your support to that person’s needs. These recommendations therefore, may not be appropriate for every older person who is confused.  Also, the guidelines are designed to be suitable for providing assistance in developed English-speaking countries. They may not be suitable for other cultural groups or for countries with significantly different health systems”. (p.11)

Other Mental Health First Aid Australia Guidelines:

These guidelines are part of a suite of guidelines about how to best assist persons with mental health problems. The other guidelines can be downloaded from:

mhfa.com.au/resources/mental-health-first-aid-guidelines

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Building Bridges and Breaking Barriers: Review of Integration of Care For Older People Across Health and Social Care (CQC)

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A new Care Quality Commission (CQC) report reviews the integration of care for older people, and examines the impact of existing arrangements for older people – and their families and carers – using these services. Some older people do not receive personalised, effective and responsive care due to poor integration. Recommendations for improvements are offered.

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Building bridges, breaking barriers: Integrated care for older people. [Online]: Care Quality Commission, July 13th 2016.

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Building bridges, breaking barriers. How care is integrated across health and social care and the impact on older people who use services, and their families and carers July 2016. Newcastle upon Tyne: Care Quality Commission, July 13th 2016.

There is also an executive summary:

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Building bridges, breaking barriers. [Executive Summary]. Newcastle upon Tyne: Care Quality Commission, July 11th 2016.

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End of Life Care for People Living With Dementia in Walsall Care Homes (Housing LIN)

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The following Housing LIN case study covers end of life care services in Walsall, provided by a collaboration between Pathways 4 Life (itself a partnership between the Accord Group and Age UK Walsall) and St Giles Walsall Hospice. The creation of safe and relaxing spaces, and provision of meaningful person-centred activities, are key features which enhance quality of life.

Two community-based Dementia Support Workers (DSWs) work in care homes across Walsall and provide the expertise for improving dementia and end of life care. These DSWs assist and empower care home staff, people with dementia and their families, using the Namaste Care approach. Adoption of a holistic approach to dementia care is encouraged.

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Dutton, R. Beeching, N. [and] Meredith, S. (2016). End of life care service for people with dementia living in care homes in Walsall. London: Housing Learning and Improvement Network, May 10th 2016. Housing LIN Case Study No. 123.

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A Steady Hand on the NHS Tiller? (BBC News)

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Jeremy Hunt continues to be Secretary of State for Health.

“ …reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated…” Mark Twain.

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Triggle, N. (2016). Hunt’s Houdini act: what next? London: BBC Health News, July 15th 2016.

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