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Commission on urgent care for older people launched by NHS Confederation

Commission on urgent care for older people launched by NHS Confederation

An independent commission to drive improvements in urgent and emergency care for older people in and outside of hospitals is being launched by the NHS Confederation.
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An independent commission to drive improvements in urgent and emergency care for older people in and outside of hospitals is being launched by the NHS Confederation.

The commission on improving urgent care for older people is a joint initiative of the Confederation’s three forums, the Community Health Services Forum, the Hospitals Forum and the Urgent and Emergency Care Forum. It aims to find workable and patient-centred solutions to address the challenges of caring for this group.

It will bring together leaders from hospitals, community services and local government, specialist clinicians, older people’s advocates and commissioners and will be chaired by former trust chief executive Dr Mark Newbold.

The commission will hold evidence sessions, consider best practice examples and produce interim findings before publishing final recommendations by the end of the year.

Commission chair Dr Mark Newbold said: “Much guidance on improving urgent care services for older people has already been issued, with key principles established and widely agreed, but progress on putting in place new services that require NHS organisations to work together has been slow.”

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