NHS England’s new National Clinical Director for Older People and Integrated Care has released an initial statement of intent concerning future directions in national ageing policy and NHS commissioning.
“As the new NCD for Older People I intend to pursue all available opportunities for preventative, collaborative care offered by identification of pre- and moderate frailty… ”
Dr Martin Vernon’s exact job-title varies from sentence to sentence (which matters little), but some interesting priorities are announced.
Our ageing population presents the NHS with its greatest challenge – Dr Martin Vernon. [London / Online]: NHS England, April 7th 2016.
Demographic time-bomb statistics, in brief:
“The average age of people admitted to hospital acutely is over 70 and people over 80 occupy a quarter of bed days in English hospitals. The vast majority of people staying in hospital over two weeks are over 65 and the cost of acute care rises with age. Older people are more likely to be readmitted to hospital and more likely to experience delay in transfer to other health or social care settings including their own homes”.