Transforming Health and Social Care Resource

Firstly some things that my students wanted me to place here. This is a link to the Scottish Government’s current consultation: Developing a 2030 Vision for Nursing

The consultation is part of  a project which has the goal of producing a vision for maximising the nursing contribution to health and well-being. It will set out what nursing needs to look like by 2030 and capture the things that Scottish Nurses do well, along with the things that need to change and be done differently. The project team are looking fro contributions from nurses, student nurse, or any person or organisation that represents nurses.

Secondly, there are a number of events taking place across Scotland that link into a review of parts of the Promoting Excellence Framework concerning a review of Palliative and End of Life Care Education and Development Framework. Again this is a consultation exercise. There is no clear place to link to so attached to this post is a link to an invitation to attend, which includes the dates and a list of venues. Go along if you are interested booking-form-peolc-education-framework-consultation.

Thirdly, in keeping with the joint lesson that I did this week  looking at the progress of the health and social care reforms that have been taking place across Scotland, Audit Scotland have just announced that they are going to publish a Follow-up report to their original review of Self-directed support next year. Alongside this, they have created a new resource about transforming health and social care in Scotland which you can access at Transforming Health and Social Care .

Finally, part of the resource is a video which you can watch here:

End the Pay Cap!


Ten years ago just a third of the nursing workforce in England was aged 45 or over but a report written for the Royal College of Nursing in the UK and published this week,  reveals that half of nurses are aged 45 or over and within 10 years of being eligible for early retirement. Nursing is probably not alone in facing this approaching crisis and that will mean that all health and social care services across the UK will be more reliant than ever on finding new staff. The research also highlights an unprecedented number of risk factors which will affect the future supply of safe staffing levels.These include the ageing workforce, rising demand, uncoordinated workforce planning, changes to student nurse funding, real terms cuts to nurse pay and the impact of Brexit on international recruitment.

These include not just the ageing workforce but also rising demand, uncoordinated workforce planning, changes to student nurse funding particularly,  real terms cuts to the pay of all Healthcare workers and the impact of Brexit on international recruitment.

For more details go to:

While you are there you might want to sign the UK Government petition it is attached to demanding the end of the 1% pay cap that has been in force for 6 years now. The link above also gives you access to some campaigning materials that you might have a use for.

This week is also the last week of the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival. Part of the festival is their writing awards, and event that took place last Monday, the 17 October at the Scottish Storytelling Centre in Edinburgh. What makes it interesting is that the ten shortlisted  stories of the 130 entries they received have been made available as an e-book  that you can read on their website at

Hope you find them interesting and the other new resources that have now appeared on there, and remember its still not too late to get along to one of the events.

We Have Reached a Tipping Point!

A busy week for reports concerning Older People’s experiences in England. Firstly, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) published its annual ‘State of Care’ Report for the period covering 2015-16.  if you are not familiar with this report it is the CQC’s annual overview of health and social care in England, which looks at the trends and highlights examples of good and outstanding care, and identifies factors that maintain high-quality care. Hard to believe that if you have read any of the headlines that have emerged since it was released on 13th. October. a lot of this stems from the fact that the CQC have said that the sustainability of the adult social care market is approaching a tipping point. This view is based on their evidence from inspections, information received through their market oversight function and the external data that they can access. As a result, they have said the fragility of the adult social care market is now beginning to impact both on the people who rely on these services and on the performance of NHS.

For more details see their very comprehensive page at State of Care 2016

Age UK also released their new report this week the state of mental health care for older people in England. The report titled Hidden in plain sight: the unmet mental health needs of older people,’  looks at the current state of NHS mental health services for those in later life. They have estimated that 1 in 4 people over the age of 65 live with a common mental health condition such as depression or anxiety, rising to a staggering 40 per cent of people living in care homes. Yet the Royal College of Psychiatrists has estimated that nearly 85 per cent of older people do not receive any help. Overall, their report makes it all too clear, that the mental health of older people is both under-recognised and under-prioritised. Age UK point out that without urgent action this is a problem only set to get worse as our society continues to age.

There is a nice Infographic that goes with the report that is copied below.


Accessing Best Evidence


To mark the United Nations International Day of Older Persons, Cochrane, probably the world’s best-known source of best evidence for medicine who  works collaboratively with contributors around the world to produce authoritative, relevant, and reliable evidence, in the form of Cochrane Reviews, launched a new resource called Cochrane Global Ageing a collaborative venture who will work in partnership with complementary initiatives both within and external to Cochrane to provide a new gateway to optimising the health and wellbeing of ageing populations everywhere. To find out more about this resource and to access their evidence go to

It’s bound to be very useful as their resource base grows.

It might also be a good time to introduce you to something else on the Cochrane site called Special Collections. These collections bring together selected Cochrane Reviews and other external sources to provide a useful evidence overview on important healthcare topics. So far there are Special collections on Preventing Falls, Physical Activity and Exercise for Older People and Care Homes amongst other things. Worth a look maybe ?

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International Day of Older Persons 2016 — British Geriatrics Society

Saturday was WHO’s International Day of Older Person’s so I thought instead of posting something of my own I’d share the views of the President of the British Geriatrics Society. The who site for this day is at


David Oliver is the current President of the BGS, clinical vice-president of the Royal College of Physicians, and a consultant in geriatrics and acute general medicine at the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust. He tweets @mancunianmedic I am delighted that October 1st sees the International Day of Older Persons and looking forward to all the activity that […]

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