Analysis

Simple solution, radical change

Caring for older people in emergency departments is one of the biggest challenges facing hospitals, not only because of the number of patients involved, but also because of the wide range of long-term conditions they have

Caring for older people in emergency departments (EDs) is one of the biggest challenges facing hospitals, not only because of the number of patients involved, but also because of the wide range of long-term conditions they have.

The solution does not need to be intricate. According to a report by the Commission on Improving Urgent Care for Older People, the opposite is true.

The commission was set up by the NHS Confederation in March 2015 and comprises staff from across the health and other care sectors, including the RCN. Its report, published in January, concludes that care for older people should be ‘simpler’ and ‘more straightforward’.

Series of visit

Commission chair Mark Newbold says that the report’s conclusion was reached after commission members carried out a series of visits to innovative areas in England and Wales.

‘Radical change does not need to be complex, but should

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