SCIE press release

Response to Royal College of Physicians report

13 September 2012

Hospitals on the edge? The time for action

Commenting on today's Royal College of Physicians report on the challenges facing acute care services, SCIE's Chief Executive, Andrea Sutcliffe, says:

This is an important report for all care staff, not just those working in the NHS. With a 37% increase in emergency admissions reported over the last decade, along with a growing change in patients' needs, acute patient care is clearly coming under pressure. Patients and their families want and have the right to expect care that meets their needs and respects their dignity. I am sure the report's recommendations can play a part in helping to achieve this but the NHS cannot solve these issues alone; social care has a crucial role to play.

Next week, we are launching three Social Care TV films looking at what health and social care can do together to avoid unnecessary hospital admissions for older people. The films highlight practical examples of health and social care working together to make a difference for older people. One film shows how skilled social care staff, working alongside community health professionals, can reduce hospital admissions for frail care home residents, many of whom have dementia, by focussing on infection control, falls, medication, nutrition and good end of life care.

Andrea Sutcliffe is a member of the Royal College of Physician's Strategic Steering Group for the Future Hospital Commission

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