Age UK’s response to the High Court decision on discharges into care homes

Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director at Age UK, has written a blog on the recent High Court ruling concerning the Government’s decision to discharge older people from hospitals into care homes in spring 2020.

Issued on 27 April, the recent High Court ruling concerning the Government’s decision to discharge older people from hospitals into care homes in spring 2020 was an important moment, says Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director at Age UK. But what did it signify and what must happen next? You can read the full blog from Caroline here.

Upcoming Live Longer Better Event – 8th June 2022

All Age UKs are invited to attend the next Live Longer Better Thought Leadership National Event on Wednesday 8th June from 10:00-11:30.

All Age UKs are invited to join the next Live Longer Better Thought Leadership Event which will focus on the Health and Care Bill. The webinar takes place on Wednesday 8th June from 10:00 – 11:30. Read on to find out more, or click here to book your place.

The NHS was set up as a single organisation in 1948 – numerous bureaucracies, but one organisation, one family. From 1990, collaboration was stopped and competition began.

We now have an Act of Parliament, the Health and Care Bill which has received Royal Assent, enacting the most significant health legislation in a decade into law. Integrated systems were deemed essential, with their four purposes outlined:

  1. Improving population health and healthcare;
  2. Tackling unequal outcomes and access;
  3. Enhancing productivity and value for money; and
  4. Helping the NHS to support broader social and economic development.

This marks a milestone in the recovery and reform of how health and care services work together. The Live Longer Better programme was designed on these principles, recognising that activity: physical, cognitive and emotional, is an essential part of population health management and MUST be integral to improving community health and longevity.

This Live Longer Better National Event takes a consultative approach with National Clinical Directors.

Register for this event to find out their barriers and hurdles, understand how physical activity can help them quantify the benefits of overcoming these problems and support delivery on their key objectives.

Our LLB National Events have proved extremely popular – over 2,000 delegates have attended our last 7 events with cross sector representation. Delegates confirmed that the events “fully met their expectations”.

This Live Longer Better collaboration between Sir Muir Gray, Optimal Ageing Associates and Active Partnerships provides a unique combination of skills and resources, bringing together the cultures of coaching and health. We look forward to sharing some excellent presentations and speakers around the Live Longer Better work.

Reminder: Fourth Quarterly PIR Form closes soon

A quick reminder that there’s still time to complete the fourth Quarterly PIR form ahead of the 30th April deadline.

This is a quick reminder that the latest PIR form is still available for you to complete here ahead of the 30th April deadline. This form covers the period between 1st January 2022 and 31st March 2022, Quarter 4 of 2021/22. There are four additional questions included in this quarter’s form, find out full details of these new questions below, along with the data report from last quarter, as well as the reference copy and data transparency statement as usual.

The reference copy and the data transparency statement can be viewed here:

Word Document Reference Copy:

Data Transparency Statement:

Changes to Questions

There are 4 additional questions included in this quarter.

  • We have included a question on unique people supported in this financial year. This is included to remove the risk of double counting from the monthly data, and enable us to present a final figure for the financial year.

  • We have included questions on how many active volunteers you are engaged with. We are trialling these with a view to including them for the coming financial year. Any feedback would be appreciated. The reasons for collecting this data are:
    • Being able to connect Partners with other Partners who involve a similar number of volunteers
    • Estimating the number of volunteer product items available to Partners which Age UK purchases and provides each year
    • Promoting Partner volunteering in general by sharing network-wide volunteer totals in various media and highlight pieces

Quarter 3 Data Report

The Quarter 3 data report can be accessed here. National Service data was included in the PIR for the first time, and can be seen in this report.

If you have any questions, please email localstatistics@ageuk.org.uk.

Sources of Support for Local Partners – Latest Information for Spring 2022

Get help and support for your organisation via the latest edition of the Quality and Transformation Team’s Sources of Support document.

Navigating the ‘new normal’ can be difficult but Age UK’s Quality and Transformation Team can offer you support to tackle some of the challenges you face. In the latest edition of their “Sources of Support” guide there’s up-to-date insight on managing your organisation’s finances and you can also find out more about Age UK’s e-Learning platform along with other resources that can help support staff development.

The guide draws together a range of useful resources which can either be accessed directly (via this site, The Loop or through external organisations) or by contacting your Regional Link (contact details for Regional Links are listed in the guide). 

We want this guide to be as useful as possible, so please let us know if you have found it helpful or if you have any questions, comments or concerns please email partnership@ageuk.org.uk.

The full guide can be viewed or downloaded below:

Reminder: Dementia Awareness eLearning Available

A quick reminder that there are three dementia awareness eLearning modules developed by Alzheimer’s Society available to the Age UK Network until July 2022.

This is a quick reminder that there are three dementia awareness eLearning modules available to the Age UK Network. Whether you work directly with those living with dementia or not, we hope this eLearning will help to equip Age UK staff and volunteers with the skills and confidence to communicate with people living with dementia, face to face and virtually. Currently the Age UK Network’s access to these modules will end this July, so find out all the details below.

The three eLearning modules are:
  • Understanding dementia
  • Engaging with people in the early stages of dementia
  • Responding to distressed behaviours
Who can complete the Dementia eLearning?

All modules are open to everyone, all staff, and volunteers. Every learner will receive a certificate upon completion.

How were these modules developed?

These new modules were developed by Alzheimer’s Society.

When should I complete the modules?

Currently the Age UK Network’s access will end at the start of July 2022, so best to complete them sooner rather than later!

Please note, it may take up to one hour for the course to be marked as completed and for you to receive the certificate in your inbox. We thank you in advance for your patience.

How long is each module?

Each module takes approximately 45 minutes to complete. Once you start, you can save any progress and come back to it.

How do I access these modules?

If you already have an eLearning account, this course will automatically appear under the “learning” section of your dashboard in the eLearning site. You can access it straight away and no action is needed.

If you need to sign up, please complete this form.

Please note that registration to the e-learning site may take a few days. You will receive an email with your log in information once you have been registered.

What do I do once I am logged in?

If you cannot see the modules on your dashboard when you log in, you can find it either by:

  • Clicking onto ‘courses’ and then ‘Dementia eLearning’; or
  • Using the search bar on your home page by typing in ‘Age UK Dementia E-learning Programme’.

If you have any questions on access to the e-learning site, please contact: adviceunit@ageuk.org.uk

What other e-learning is available from Age UK?

For a number of years, Age UK has provided a range of e-learning options to support Partners’ delivery of training online to your staff and volunteers. This includes the Age UK e-learning Platform and Grey Matter Learning – find out all about both training platforms here.

Reminder – “The Role of the Local Authority” Safeguarding Knowledge Share 1pm Today

A reminder that the third of our lunchtime drop-in sessions on safeguarding will take place this afternoon (Wednesday 6th April) from 1-2pm. Find out how to join later today.

This is a quick reminder that the third of our Safeguarding Knowledge Share Events “The role of the Local Authority” will take place today (Wednesday 6th April) from 13:00-14:00. You can find out full details below, or click here to join the event later today. This event will be recorded and we will share the link afterwards for those who can’t make it on the day. If you missed the first session on “Safeguarding Language”, you can view the recording here and you can view a recording of the second session “Domestic Abuse Myths and Stereotypes” here.


13:00-14:00 | Wednesday 6th April | The role of the Local Authority

Are you confident in contacting a local authority and be able to speak with the team you need to?

Accessing social care teams can be tricky. If you’ve tried before, you’ll probably have already experienced being put through from a contact centre to a duty worker and then on to a case worker.

In this session we’ll help you to understand who does what and who to speak with to help you get the advice and action you need.

Click below to join the event on the day


13:00-14:00 | Wednesday 8th June | Understanding Mental Health

1 in 4 people experience a mental health problem each year in the UK.

It’s important that we understand what this means for those with mental ill health and what we can do to support them.

This session will provide some information to increase your knowledge, so that we are better equipped to understand and support our colleagues and beneficiaries who may be impacted. We will also discuss treatments and the support services available.

Click here to join the event on the day.


If you have any questions about any of these sessions, please contact: Carrie.bower@ageuk.org.uk.

DHSC 10-Year Cancer Plan: Call for Evidence

The Department of Health and Social Care is seeking the views of individuals, professionals and organisations to understand how they can improve how cancer is diagnosed and treated.

The NHS Long Term Plan, published in 2019, set an ambition to save thousands more lives each year by dramatically improving how cancer is diagnosed and treated. The Department of Health and Social Care is seeking the views of individuals, professionals and organisations to understand whether and how they can do more to make progress against this ambition, and to build on lessons learned from the Covid-19 pandemic. If you would like to contribute to their consultation, the online survey is open until 23:45 on Friday 8th April.

Reminder – “The Role of the Local Authority” Safeguarding Knowledge Share Next Week

A reminder that the third of our lunchtime drop-in sessions on safeguarding will take place on Wednesday 6th April. Find out how to join on the day.

This is a quick reminder that the third of our Safeguarding Knowledge Share Events “The role of the Local Authority” will take place Wednesday 6th April) from 13:00-14:00. You can find out full details below, including the link you need to join the event on the day. This event will be recorded and we will share the link afterwards for those who can’t make it on the day. If you missed the first session on “Safeguarding Language”, you can view the recording here and you can view a recording of the second session “Domestic Abuse Myths and Stereotypes” here.


13:00-14:00 | Wednesday 6th April | The role of the Local Authority

Are you confident in contacting a local authority and be able to speak with the team you need to?

Accessing social care teams can be tricky. If you’ve tried before, you’ll probably have already experienced being put through from a contact centre to a duty worker and then on to a case worker.

In this session we’ll help you to understand who does what and who to speak with to help you get the advice and action you need.

Click below to join the event on the day


13:00-14:00 | Wednesday 8th June | Understanding Mental Health

1 in 4 people experience a mental health problem each year in the UK.

It’s important that we understand what this means for those with mental ill health and what we can do to support them.

This session will provide some information to increase your knowledge, so that we are better equipped to understand and support our colleagues and beneficiaries who may be impacted. We will also discuss treatments and the support services available.

Click here to join the event on the day.


If you have any questions about any of these sessions, please contact: Carrie.bower@ageuk.org.uk.

Older People’s Health and Care Survey – Spring 2022

Age UK’s Health Influencing Team are conducting the Spring 2022 edition of the “Older People’s Health and Care Survey” and would be grateful if you could share the survey across your networks.

Last Autumn, we undertook Wave 3 of our research about older people’s experiences of the pandemic. The response was incredible, with over 17,000 people completing the survey. We received over 75,000 free text responses and we read every one of them. Thank you for taking the time to promote the survey so we could hear older people’s experiences and views. Wave 4 of our “Older People’s Health and Care Survey” is now live and we would be really grateful if you could again complete and share the survey with your clients, colleagues and supporters. Full details can be found below, thank you all for your help.

Following Wave 3 of this research last Autumn, we have been able to use what respondents told us to apply pressure on the Government and NHS England to ensure the right support is in place for older people. We have shared the research findings with local partners across the Age UK Network, as well as NHS organisations, Government departments, other charities and voluntary sector organisations, and with hundreds of people working with and for older people. We’ve had terrific feedback from you and other organisations, telling us just how valuable it’s been to hear about older people’s experiences.

As the country begins to live with Covid, following the Government’s plans, it’s essential that older people are not left behind. That’s why we are launching Wave 4 of the research, so older people can tell us how they are coping now that restrictions have been lifted.

The survey, which can be found here, should take around 15 minutes (potentially more, depending on how much respondents want to tell us) and our colleagues will be using the results to continue to apply pressure on the Government and NHS to support older people to get back on their feet after two years of incredible challenges. 

You can also promote the survey online here.

Thank you for supporting our research! We look forward to sharing the findings with you later in the year.

Fourth Quarterly PIR Form now available for completion

The form for the fourth Quarterly PIR is now available for you to complete ahead of the 30th April deadline.

Many thanks to those of you who completed the third quarterly Partner Information Return (PIR) in January. The latest PIR form is now available for you to complete here ahead of the 30th April deadline. This form covers the period between 1st January 2022 and 31st March 2022, Quarter 4 of 2021/22. There are four additional questions included in this quarter’s form, find out full details of these new questions below, along with the data report from last quarter, as well as the reference copy and data transparency statement as usual.

The reference copy and the data transparency statement can be viewed here:

Word Document Reference Copy:

Data Transparency Statement:

Changes to Questions

There are 4 additional questions included in this quarter.

  • We have included a question on unique people supported in this financial year. This is included to remove the risk of double counting from the monthly data, and enable us to present a final figure for the financial year.

  • We have included questions on how many active volunteers you are engaged with. We are trialling these with a view to including them for the coming financial year. Any feedback would be appreciated. The reasons for collecting this data are:
    • Being able to connect Partners with other Partners who involve a similar number of volunteers
    • Estimating the number of volunteer product items available to Partners which Age UK purchases and provides each year
    • Promoting Partner volunteering in general by sharing network-wide volunteer totals in various media and highlight pieces

Quarter 3 Data Report

The Quarter 3 data report can be accessed here. National Service data was included in the PIR for the first time, and can be seen in this report.

If you have any questions, please email localstatistics@ageuk.org.uk.

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