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Care of Older People in Scotland 2019: 7th Annual Conference

Thu 12th Dec 2019

Edinburgh, Edinburgh

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The 7th annual care of older people in Scotland conference focuses on the challenge of delivering excellent care. How can this be managed in the context of an older population growing larger annually, rising expectations about care quality, a wider knowledge of care rights and the acute pressures created by increased resource demand?

Scotland's challenge in meeting the needs of an older population which is growing in size every year is not going away. The National Records of Scotland (NRS) report that:

“The population of Scotland on 30 June 2017 was 5,424,800. The population has increased every year since 2000 and in 2017 was the largest ever seen.” 

The fastest growing age group in Scotland is projected to be those aged 75 and over, increasing by 79% between 2016 and 2041. Life expectancy has risen and the likelihood of death before 65 has reduced. While health and social care spending on over 65s with at least one long-term condition is rising, is the efficiency of service provision for older people working well?

Care delivery is heavily focused on hospitals and institutions delivering episodic care. Older people tend to be admitted to acute settings, often for longer periods than medically required. Delayed discharges and blocked beds grab attention, but statistics show the smaller households' trend is driven by older people living alone - often in accommodation unsuited to their care needs.

Numbers of frail older people are rising fast, but age and frailty are not necessarily correlated. While health professionals can identify risk factors, the bulk of ‘care time’ for the older person is with carers who receive less formal training. A single fall, bereavement or basic challenges in self-management of a long-term condition can start an older person's journey to more frailty and less independence.

Our most important challenge is to deliver the right care, in the right setting with care givers who are well trained and well versed in best practice. How do we meet future health and care demands, balancing immediate needs with the challenge of a long term preventative approach to older people’s health? How do we achieve consistency and equality of care across Scotland? How should we innovate to adopt and share best practice? What fresh challenges are emerging to be met? 

Benefits of Attending

  • Discuss how we deliver a culture of care and empowerment for older people and carers
  • Examine where we stand in the 'Reshaping Care for Older People' 2011-2021 Programme for Change
  • Trusted, Skilled and Confident Care Workers - share in best practice on workforce development and innovation
  • Hear how regulating for better care shapes scrutiny driven improvement
  • Find out the care provider's perspective on meeting higher care standards amid rising costs and growing demand
  • Understand why confronting frailty really matters
  • Learn from a case study in partnership between care givers and care workers
  • Be briefed on the latest legal developments, human rights and precedents in care
  • See what the Digital and Data Age means for care

Who Should Attend

This conference will be relevant for anyone involved in the care and support of older people in Scotland in home, medical, residential, care and other settings.  This includes:

  • healthcare professionals, social work and other care staff
  • providers of residential and home support care services
  • lawyers and advisory and other organisations engaged with the personal, rights or financial interests of older people
  • rights advisors
  • service managers in public, private and Third Sector care delivery organisations
  • regulatory bodies
  • anyone with responsibility for understanding and shaping policy and practice in bodies which deliver care of older people

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Irene Oldfather

Director of Strategic Partnerships and Engagement, The ALLIANCE

Peter Macleod

Chief Executive, Care Inspectorate

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