Improving Care for Older People Award
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 award seeks to recognise projects that improve the safety of older people in primary, acute or community settings.
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 in a coordinated way. This award will celebrate and recognise those organisations acting to provide consistently safe, high quality care to older people.
Entries are welcomed from any care organisation, collaboration or partnership across the NHS, public sector, social care and private healthcare providers.
Describe the context of care given to older people including descriptions of the organisations responsible. Identify the need for improvement in care and what steps were taken to put an initiative in place. Outline the goals set and how they were to be achieved including and checks and balances and measurement of success.
Evidence safety in the care of older people has improved as a direct result of the initiative. This should be quantitative and can cover any aspect of the safe delivery of care for older people. Evidence the patient safety work has directly contributed to the delivery of consistently high-quality care. This should have a quantitative aspect but can also include qualitative data such as patient feedback.
How have the achievements been replicated or scaled to other departments, specialisms or organisations? Describe any work on spread with partner or collaborating organisations and provide evidence the success has potential elsewhere.
Demonstrate how the initiative or the improvement of care for older people has enhanced the patient experience or the ability of staff to manage care more effectively. Outline how any collaborative or partnership work, redesign of pathways or treatments, training and education has led to improved financial management.
How has the initiative created any integration across organisation in the care for older people? Have the team worked with patients and their families, staff and carers? What steps were taken to engage with various stakeholders and how has this led to improved safety?