The Commission on Hospital Care for Frail Older People reviewed probably the main question facing the NHS, namely how to care for the country’s increasing number of frail older people. The commission’s conclusion is that hospital providers and commissioners should take action themselves to tackle the problem now, instead of awaiting elusive conclusive evidence on the benefits of better integration between health and social care, and / or relying on government plans for greater integration.
HSJ/Serco Commission on hospital care for frail older people: main report . London: Royal College of Physicians (RCP) / Health Service Journal (HSJ), November 19th 2014.
Also of interest, evidence sources are cited for the major findings from the HSJ / Serco Commission on Hospital Care for Frail Older People:
HSJ / Serco Commission: Further evidence supporting commissioners’ key findings. Health Service Journal (HSJ), November 19th 2014.
Content headings include:
- Key point 1: Out-of-hospital care.
- Key point 2: Prevention.
- Key finding 3: Funding.
- Key finding 4: Care models.
- Key finding 5: Community focus.
- Building on existing good work.
- Quality, variation and care gaps.
- Workforce and skill mix.
The NHS Confederation has produced a synopsis of this report, drawing some parallels with the NHS Confederation’s own 2015 Challenge Manifesto.
Top five findings from the HSJ commission on hospital care for frail older people. London [Online]: NHS Confederation, December 2nd 2014.