In 2018 the challenges of meeting the needs of the ageing population require increased financial investment, accelerated system reform across health and care services, a clear plan and strong, consistent commitment to delivering it.
Since 1947 the British Geriatrics Society (BGS), the membership organisation for all healthcare professionals engaged in the treatment and care of older people across the UK, has been at the forefront of transforming the quality of care available to older people. BGS’s vision is for a society where all older people receive high quality, patient-centred care when and where they need it.
At a time when Government has announced increased funding for the NHS, and the publication of a 10 year plan for how best to use this funding, BGS has set out its priorities for the forthcoming plan. Their priorities include a reform of the way services are delivered so that more care and treatment is available in
community settings. They are calling for this to be built into the development and delivery of the NHS 10 year plan. They believe it is the best way to achieve better health outcomes for older people, and to realise the benefits of financial investment. BGS is also calling for a financially sustainable approach to social care, which is critical to the success of any plans for the future of the NHS.
BGS priorities for the NHS 10 year plan are:
1. Greater investment in community-based, multidisciplinary working in
2. primary care settings
3. Integration, and continuity of service
4. Better identification of frailty among older people and earlier Intervention
5. Increased capacity in intermediate care
6. Wider access to comprehensive geriatric assessment (CGA) and personal care plans
7. Workforce strategy
8. Healthy ageing
9. Measuring success