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'Virtual wards': how nurses are managing care at home

GPs have highlighted innovative work by nurses in knitting together health and social care for frail older people.

GPs have highlighted innovative work by nurses in knitting together health and social care for frail older people.

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A report by the Royal College of General Practitioners and the British Geriatrics Society describes how nurses are taking part in schemes run by GPs and geriatricians, to provide integrated care.

The report includes 13 UK case studies. Some feature ways of helping older people remain independent and active, others focus on improving hospital care or community services. The report also describes partnerships between GPs and geriatricians, as well as important work by nurses.

Community matron Nicola Gelling is part of the care home innovation programme (CHIP) in South Sefton in Merseyside and covers 17 care homes. She

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