Friday 14 December 2018
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RNHA Backs Kings Fund Proposals For Greater Collaboration in Vare of Plder People

The Registered Nursing Home Association (RNHA) supports proposals in a King’s Fund report for greater collaboration between the different agencies and organisations involved in planning and delivering services for older people.
Responding to the report (Making our health and care systems fit for an ageing population), RNHA chief executive officer Frank Ursell said his association would welcome better discharge planning for patients moving from hospitals to care homes;
more involvement from NHS specialist staff in reviewing care home residents’ health needs; enhanced support with staff training; and help in caring for residents during their final weeks of life so that they can stay in familiar surroundings and do not have to be transferred to hospital.“We also concur with the King’s Fund’s view that, when a patient is moved out of hospital into a care home, the hospital needs to hand over clinical information promptly to enable the care home’s staff to build on whatever assessments have already been carried out. Too often, at present, this doesn’t happen.” Looking to the future, Mr Ursell said: “We would be interested in talking to the King’s Fund about practical ways of st rengthening communication and collaboration between nursing homes, hospitals, community nursing services, GP practices, pharmacies and other NHS services such as physiotherapy. If we could all work better together in the future, the older people we care for would most definitely be the winners.” He added: “The King’s Fund report has correctly identified that common conditions of older age receive less investment than general medical conditions prevalent in mid- life. As a matter of urgency, the government and local authorities must review their funding priorities and put a stop to the downward spiral of declining budgets and rising needs.”