|The team within the Department of Health leading on the development of the Vulnerable Older People’s Plan will publish a paper – No One Left Alone – in January setting out a vision for proactive, integrated and patient-centred out-of-hospital care for over-75s.
National Voices has been liaising with the team, following meeting with them earlier in the year, and will be having a conversation with them early next week to find out more about the vision. The team are particularly keen to get views and examples of the role that the voluntary sector can play in achieving the vision.
Please email Laura by 9 December with examples or thoughts to feed into these discussions, including:
- Where the voluntary sector is already working effectively with primary care professionals to deliver support for vulnerable older people. This might include resources and training produced by members to help GPs in their generalist role to recognise and respond to people with specific conditions
- Examples of where voluntary organisations are supporting people’s health and wellbeing and where GPs could potentially ramp up the sector’s reach and effectiveness, for example by signposting or referring their patients. What is needed to build GPs’ awareness of, and confidence in, these services?
- How can patients be directly supported to know about and access available services?
- What more could voluntary sector stakeholders do in future to improve support for vulnerable older people and their carers, in particular through developing links with primary and community care services?