As life expectancy increases, so too does the number of older people living with highly complex healthcare needs. Much research has demonstrated the scale of the issue and the need to find better ways to care for our older citizens and minimise risk. This need has been heightened by the vulnerability of these individuals throughout the covid-19 pandemic, and over the last year pathways have had to be urgently re-evaluated to address this issue.
Our judges will be looking for work that increases the quality as well as the safety of patient experience, perhaps by making it easier for multiple healthcare professionals to feed into an individual’s care, or ensuring the patient, and not just their relatives, is involved in decisions around their care. This award will celebrate and recognise those organisations acting to provide consistently safe, high quality care to older people
Entrants for this award can be any organisation from across NHS trusts, community and primary care as well as other public sector bodies improving healthcare for older.