Wanless Report: Realistic And Ambitious

The Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) shares Sir Derek Wanless’ vision of care for older people as outlined in the report, Securing Good Social Care for Older People.

“This is one of the most significant and authoritative reviews on care for older people in recent years,” says Bill Kilgallon, Chief Executive of SCIE.

“It challenges all of us in the sector to reconsider our contribution towards improving care for older people. We all know that radical change is required – this report sets out a vision for what can be achieved.

“The report provides a realistic assessment of existing and future resource needs – and it is appropriately ambitious. SCIE shares Sir Derek’s ambitions for older people and social care and we are already stepping up our programme to identify what works in relation to older people’s services.”

SCIE’s current and future work programme on older people includes:

– Assessing the mental health needs of older people: a guide for all those involved in assessing the social care needs of older people with mental health needs. It also includes information for older people and their carers on what to expect from their assessment.

– Dementia care in the social care and health sectors: This joint SCIE/National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) project will include the development of joint health and social care guidance on dementia care. SCIE and NICE will produce a technology appraisal and practice guide.
– Outcome-focused services for older people: We will provide research and guidance on how to develop services for older people which are based around the outcomes that older people want.

There will be a particular focus on home help services.

For more information on SCIE’s work on older people visit www.scie.org.uk