Safety in the Care of Older People
East Lancashire will this week host an international conference on improving safety in the care of older people. The Centre of Excellence in Safety in the Care of Older People (CESOP), which is based with East Lancashire Hospitals NHS (ELHT) Trust aims to share the latest thinking and innovations with hospitals, nursing and residential homes and indeed, the community.
Professor Iqbal Singh, an eminent East Lancashire based Consultant Physician, and expert in this field, heads CESOP. He explained:
“We are living in a society where people are living longer and healthier with demographic projections showing that more than four percent of the population will be aged over 85, and over two percent will be over 65 by the year 2033. We still have huge ongoing challenges around healthcare issues such as falls and frailty, pressure ulcers and VTE, dementia and mental illness, as well as nutrition and medicines management. There is a pressing need for medical, nursing and social care that embodies compassion into all aspects of care, and that consistently treats older people with dignity and respect.”
This conference brings together the leading national and international experts to discuss the strategy and practical management of people in health, social care and community. The conference will present an excellent opportunity for all professionals to share and exchange opinions with these leaders in the field.
Kevin McGee, Chief Executive of ELHT said: “How we care for and treat our older people is a measure of how each local system is working. Care for older people is multi-agency and can only be provided adequately if partners support one another and work closely together.
Here in Pennine Lancashire, with our integrated services and neighbourhood provision, we are really starting to think differently and plan services holistically.”