Integrated Care for Older People: Examining Workforce and Implementation Challenges – Centre for Workforce Intelligence – June 2011

Posted on June 29, 2011. Filed under: Aged Care / Geriatrics, Workforce | Tags: |

Integrated Care for Older People: Examining Workforce and Implementation Challenges – Centre for Workforce Intelligence – June 2011

Extract from the foreword:

“This report is the first in a series investigating the workforce implications of moving towards an integrated health and social care system. It is widely acknowledged that integration is key to delivering more effective and efficient care, and the workforce will play a huge role in achieving this goal. But what does integration really mean for those working in health and social care? Do they need different skills and training? Is care likely to be delivered in a different setting? And how can we manage changing perceptions and expectations? These are some of questions that this project has begun to answer.

To date, our research has focussed mainly on models of care which aim to avoid hospital admission for older people ensuring that patient experience and dignity are not compromised. As yet, we have not covered the detail of specific care pathways such as falls and dementia, but have examined the overall model of care at a number of case study sites that are working towards providing integrated care for older people. By combining this work with already published research, we have identified a number of tentative conclusions about the models’ potential and their high-level workforce implications. This work can be built on through further commissions in 2011 – 2012 (e.g. long term conditions and older people).”

 

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