At this time of year, I would usually be considering posting my annual rant about the number of excess deaths amongst older people in the UK that are largely avoidable. This year, however, I am not going to do this, I am going to refer you to the Age UK blog which does where their writer Mervyn Kohler does this job for me. Go to
Lats week saw the publication of a new joint report from the Royal College of GPs and the British Geriatrics Society. This report showcases how GPs and geriatricians are collaborating to design and lead innovative schemes to improve the provision of integrated care for older people with frailty.The report highlights 13 case studies from across the UK, ranging from schemes to help older people remain active and independent, to those providing better services in the community, to those supporting patients in
The report details 13 case studies from across the UK, ranging from schemes to help older people remain active and independent, to those providing better services in the community, to those supporting patients in hospital. One of the examples is from Lothian in Scotland where St Triduana’s Medical Practice has developed a simple, one-page form for relatives of new care home residents. The questionnaire uses three questions to facilitate a discussion with families about how a patient would like to be treated in the event of a serious illness, that example alone is worth a look.
Finally, some inspiration Molly Case, is a student nurse who attended the RCN Conference in 2013 and read out her poem ” nursing te nation to great acclaim. Her newest work whihc was commissioned for the RCN called 100 Years and explores 100 years of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), to celebrate the College’s centenary. Molly is a now spoken word artist, writer, nurse and RCN member.You can hear and see her read her poem at: