Help them home: the challenges facing the families of older patients

Royal Voluntary Service, December 2015

This study, from Royal Voluntary Service, explores the experiences of families of older patients during hospital discharge and transition and reveals that while family networks come together at the point of crisis, many are unable to continue that support at home when their older relatives leave hospital.  The Royal Voluntary Service calls on communities, local authorities and the NHS to work in partnership to provide more volunteers in hospitals and support vulnerable older people in their homes following discharge from hospital.

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‘Homes not hospitals’ for people with learning disabilities

NHS England, November 2015

People with a learning disability and/or autism will be supported to lead more independent lives and have greater say about the support they receive under a national plan published by NHS England to radically improve learning disability services.

Building the right support: A national implementation plan to develop community services and close inpatient facilities contains plans which have been developed with significant contribution and constructive challenge from people with learning disabilities and/or autism, their families and carers, and a range of commissioners, providers, voluntary sector and representative groups.

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Voice, choice and control: how registered nurses, care and support staff in the care sector can support people to achieve these aims

Department of Health, November 2015

This document provides guidance on how registered nurses, care and support staff can enable relationship-centred care, and how they can work with others to achieve personalised care and support.

The guidance is for staff across a range of care settings, including care home staff and carers who look after people in their own homes.

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Assessing the health of people who are homeless

The Queen’s Nursing Institute, October 2015

The Queen’s Nursing Institute have produced guidance for community nurses to help them assess the health of homeless people.

The resource features a template health assessment including general physical health, presence of long term conditions, substance use, mental health, sexual health and housing. It also incorporates template care plans for use by nurses and patients.

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Care and communication between health professionals and patients affected by severe or chronic illness in community care settings: a qualitative study of care at the end of life

National Institute for Health Research, August 2015

Advance care planning (ACP) enables patients to consider, discuss and, if they wish, document their wishes and preferences for future care, including decisions to refuse treatment, in the event that they lose capacity to make decisions for themselves. This study aimed to investigate how patients, their relatives and health professionals initiate and experience discussion of ACP and the outcomes of advance discussions in shaping care at the end of life.

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Sustainability, innovation and empowerment: a five year vision for the independent social care sector

Care England, June 2015

Care England, the largest representative body for independent social care providers, has published a report on the state of social care warning of a collapse in the system if providers and commissioners do not work together and more nurses are not recruited into the independent sector. It states that the next five years will be crucial in ensuring that the care and support services that many people rely on remain sustainable.

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