Older People's Services

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Long-term plan must end 'scandalous neglect' of over 65s

A “scandalous” neglect of older people’s mental health care needs to be addressed in the NHS long-term plan, the Royal College of Psychiatrists has argued.

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Social care green paper will not be 'panacea'

The social care green paper will not be a “panacea” for chronic problems in the system, is likely to propose only minor legislative change, and be based on the assumption that limited sums of new money are available.

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Behan calls for funding reform and social care deal

The NHS tariff funding system and the way money flows between local organisations is hampering efforts to integrate care, the Care Quality Commission has warned.

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Winners revealed for HSJ Value Awards 2018

Twenty organisations have been honoured in the 2018 HSJ Value Awards – which recognise and celebrate outstanding improvements in care quality and efficiency made by NHS staff.


Region's elderly care services 'inconsistent', says CQC

Health services for older people in Cumbria are inconsistent and services are in the “very early” stages of integration, the Care Quality Commission has said.

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Exclusive: CQC needs more powers to rate health systems, says Behan

The government should give the Care Quality Commission new powers to inspect and rate local health systems, its outgoing chief executive has told HSJ.

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CQC: 'No coherent strategy' for city's health services

Health and care leaders in Birmingham lack a coherent strategy for the city and remain focused on organisational rather than system priorities, the Care Quality Commission has said.

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Exclusive: Hunt seeks 'full health and social care integration' under new 10 year plan

Jeremy Hunt has revealed his top priorities for the forthcoming “long term plan” for the NHS, and said it will represent one of the “big moments in NHS history”.

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Updated: Hunt launches review after 450,000 breast screenings missed due to IT failure

More than 400,000 women missed their final routine breast cancer screening over nearly a decade because of an IT failure, Jeremy Hunt said today.

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NHS 'at least 4,000' beds short for next winter

NHS national leaders have estimated the service is at least 4,000 beds short for next winter and are pushing for fresh funding this year to help plug the deficit, HSJ understands.


Vaunted health tech firm forced to act on misleading marketing

A much vaunted digital health firm that has partnered with Uber has been forced to remove incorrect claims about NHS partnerships from its marketing, and to launch a probe of fake five star reviews allegedly posted by employees.

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Trust criticised after five falls deaths in frailty unit

An acute trust has been heavily criticised by a coroner after five patients died following falls in the same frailty unit within four months.

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Royal college raises alarm over critical care beds shortage

The Royal College of Surgeons has warned there may be too few critical care beds in England to cope with demand.

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Social care rates fall as hospital admissions rise

Overall council performance on delayed transfers of care due to social care continued to improve as hospital admissions increased in December, despite more than half of local authorities failing to meet government targets set in July.

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Revealed: More older people waiting in pain for urgent hip operations

More older patients are waiting too long in hospital before treatment for painful and crippling hip fractures, new data reveals, potentially undermining “compassion and dignity” for patients.

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Exclusive: Airbnb style company bids to place NHS patients in spare rooms

Members of the public with no care experience are being offered up to £1,000 a month to rent spare rooms to patients after they are discharged from hospital, under an Airbnb style model to be piloted by the NHS.


Simon Stevens: Cut DTOCs to prepare for possible flu outbreak

Freeing up delayed transfer of care beds will be vital to ensuring the NHS has enough capacity to manage winter pressures and a possible flu outbreak, Simon Stevens has warned.

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Exclusive: Warning dementia care could 'slip back'

Dementia diagnosis and care could go backwards after being deprioritised by the NHS nationally, campaigners have warned, as new ratings show some areas slipping.


'Undeliverable' DTOC reduction targets revealed

More than a third of councils have been told to reduce delayed transfers of care from hospital attributable to social care by 50 per cent or more by September, raising the possibility they could lose better care fund money if they fail.


Care to help patients with breathing difficulties 'often poor'

Four out of five patients who need help to breathe in NHS hospitals receive less than good care, a major study published today has found.