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The National Clinical Director for Older People and Person Centred Integrated Care discusses the crucial importance of the NHS RightCare Frailty Toolkit published today:
Following publication of the NHS Long Term Plan in January 2019, which announced a significant change of emphasis towards developing primary and community services, we are now nationally driving changes focused on improving the care offer the NHS makes to older people in their homes and communities.
In doing so we are targeting investment over the next five years specifically on three linked community delivered services all of which are designed to support older people as part of a national Ageing Well Programme.
The clear intent is for us to provide services to people which meet their needs and which makes sense to them so that they get the care they need at the right time and in the right place.
The offer comprises a proactive approach to supporting people living with frailty, enhancing health support in all care homes, and providing urgent community care responses to both reduce the need for people to receive care in hospital and to support them to leave hospital earlier when they are well enough to return to their communities.
All of these services exist somewhere right now but they are not universal and using the right data intelligence we can go much further, much quicker if we help local commissioners make the right decisions and plans which meet the needs of their local populations.
The NHS Long Term Plan provides a unique opportunity and a national blueprint to improve and develop the services we have in place now and to target new investments in ways that can make a real difference to people. To achieve our national ambitions the real differences will be made and felt by people in local communities right across the country.
This is where the NHS RightCare Frailty Toolkit is of crucial importance. By highlighting to commissioners where they have opportunities to improve their local services, we intend that all older people are provided with the best value healthcare and supported to age well wherever they live.
These tools will be invaluable in helping local teams to develop, improve and deliver 21st century health care services using state of the art, data driven intelligence.