Presentation: Working with ICSs to alleviate winter pressures

Watch the recording of the presentation “How can we work with Integrated Care Systems to alleviate winter pressures?” on the ICS Hub!

This year’s Age UK Influencing Conference featured a presentation from staff members at Age UK, The King’s Fund, and Age UK Hillingdon, Harrow and Brent, on the subject “How can we work with Integrated Care Systems to alleviate winter pressures?”. The presentation is now available to view (along with some other useful presentations) on the resources page of the ICS Hub here.

New updates to the ICS Hub!

Check out the latest updates to the Integrated Care Systems Hub, including Age UK’s written response to the recent call for evidence from the Health and Social Care Parliamentary Committee.

Age UK’s Health Influencing Team have added some new information to the ICS Hub, a one-stop shop for the latest news on Integrated Care Systems for partners. The latest updates include Age UK’s written response to the recent call for evidence from the Health and Social Care Parliamentary Committee, as well as a report from the National Audit Office. Click here to visit the ICS Hub – you can find the new updates in the “Latest News” section.

“Why Can’t I Get Care?” – Age UK’s Latest Report

Find out all about Age UK’s new report on the state of social care titled “Why Can’t I Get Care?”. There are also some template posts to help spread the word on social media if you wish.

Age UK has today published a new report on the state of social care, seeking to answer the question Age UK is asked by many older people: “Why can’t I get care?”. Drawing on the experiences of older people, it looks at how social care is supposed to work and how it is actually working. Find out full details below, including some template posts to help spread the word on social media.

Severe shortages in staff and the lack of funding to pay for more or better services to provide care or respite provision have left a gaping hole in support, leading to the situation we have today. The “Why can’t I get care?” report shows that good care is possible and makes all the difference, and calls on the Government to invest both in social care and in the people who provide it.

Get involved!

We want to hear from you on how the challenges in the social care system are impacting older people and your services locally. Please get in touch via luke.pilot@ageuk.org.uk if you would like to discuss this.

We will be launching a new campaign on social care soon and we look forward to working alongside you on this.

Spreading the word on Social Media

If you have time, please spread awareness about the new report by sharing online. You can use these suggested template Tweets and Facebook posts to promote the report if you wish:

Twitter:

Did you know 2.6 million older people aged 50+ in England have an unmet need for care?

Read Age UK’s new report on the challenges older people face accessing good social care: https://www.ageuk.org.uk/globalassets/age-uk/documents/campaigns/care-in-crisis/why-cant-i-get-care-report.pdf

Or

Did you know 14,000 people each week are having their request for care turned down?

Age UK’s new report “Why Can’t I Get Care?” highlights the urgent need to improve social care: https://www.ageuk.org.uk/globalassets/age-uk/documents/campaigns/care-in-crisis/why-cant-i-get-care-report.pdf

Facebook:

2.6 million people aged 50+ in England have an unmet care need and 14,000 people each week are having their request for care turned down. But good care is possible and makes all the difference.

Read Age UK’s latest report “Why Can’t I Get care?” to learn about the urgent need to improve social care: https://www.ageuk.org.uk/globalassets/age-uk/documents/campaigns/care-in-crisis/why-cant-i-get-care-report.pdf

Reminder: Winter Health Campaign Grant Scheme for Local Winter Work

A reminder of the Winter Campaign Grant Scheme, an opportunity to apply for Winter Grants between £500 and £2000. Applications close this Friday 4 November.

This is a quick reminder of the Winter Campaign Grant Scheme ahead of this Friday’s application deadline. Your organisation can apply for a Winter Grant from Age UK (between £500 and £2000) to support your current local winter work or upcoming initiatives relating to supporting older people through the winter 2022-23.

This year we are looking to fund and support the winter work of a wide geographical spread of local Age UKs. The focus of the funding will be towards any winter initiatives which help support older people to either stay warm, eat well, get vaccinated, or prevent hospital admissions. We are particularly interested in supporting those facing the greatest health inequalities.

Some examples of local Age UK winter initiatives that we are looking to fund include: emergency hot boxes; full needs assessments and signposting; winter well-being support bags; distribution of emergency equipment; winter care helplines and befriending services; and vaccination minibuses/ transport assistance.

Key information

  • We’ve linked an application form below which should be returned by 4th November 2022.
  • All grant-funded work should be completed by end of March 2023.
  • Reporting will be limited but we will require an account of what the grant money was spent on and the impact of the work or initiative.


Please submit your applications to healthinfluencing@ageuk.org.uk or contact us if you have any questions.

Survey to shape the future of Breast Cancer Now’s services

Find out all the details of Breast Cancer Now’s new survey, including how you can spread the word amongst those you support.

Breast Cancer Now is undertaking an ambitious project to help shape their support services. As part of this work, the charity is running a survey to hear the experiences of people who have had a primary or secondary breast cancer diagnosis since the beginning of 2019 – particularly their experiences of accessing and receiving information, guidance and support.

Breast Cancer Now will use the survey results to review and improve the support they offer and will share news of changes or developments they make on our website.

If your organisation would like to spread the word of this survey amongst the people you support, Breast Cancer Now have supplied some wording that you may find useful below:

Winter Health Campaign Grant Scheme for Local Winter Work

Find out full details of the Winter Campaign Grant Scheme, an opportunity to apply for Winter Grants between £500 and £2000.

Age UK’s Health Influencing team is pleased to announce the second year of our Winter Campaign Grant Scheme for the Age UK network! Your organisation can apply for a Winter Grant (between £500 and £2000) to support your current local winter work or upcoming initiatives relating to supporting older people through the winter 2022-23.

This year we are looking to fund and support the winter work of a wide geographical spread of local Age UKs. The focus of the funding will be towards any winter initiatives which help support older people to either stay warm, eat well, get vaccinated, or prevent hospital admissions. We are particularly interested in supporting those facing the greatest health inequalities.

Some examples of local Age UK winter initiatives that we are looking to fund include: emergency hot boxes; full needs assessments and signposting; winter well-being support bags; distribution of emergency equipment; winter care helplines and befriending services; and vaccination minibuses/ transport assistance.

Key information

  • We’ve linked an application form below which should be returned by 4th November 2022.
  • All grant-funded work should be completed by end of March 2023.
  • Reporting will be limited but we will require an account of what the grant money was spent on and the impact of the work or initiative.


Please submit your applications to healthinfluencing@ageuk.org.uk or contact us if you have any questions.

Reminder: Webinar to share lessons from 10 years of running holistic advice projects

A quick reminder of the upcoming webinar from Age UK’s Wellbeing Team, which will share some key lessons from their report on delivering 10 years of holistic advice projects.

Following on from our earlier message, this is a quick reminder that you can join Age UK’s Wellbeing Team on Thursday 27 October from 10-11am, as we share some key lessons from our report on delivering 10 years’ of holistic advice projects. Find out full details below, including the link you need to join on the day.

This webinar is a chance to hear from the team managing these projects and to hear the experiences from some of the local Age UKs who have been involved in these projects. There will also be chance to share your thoughts and experiences of this type of work.

You can use the following link to join the Teams webinar directly on the day.

Please email justin.butler@ageuk.org.uk for more information. If you’re having trouble accessing the report linked above on the loop, please email theloop@ageuk.org.uk.

Age UK’s Winter Health Campaign 2022/23 – Local Campaign Pack

Find out all the details of this year’s Winter Health Campaign from Age UK’s Health Influencing Team. You can also download the Local Campaign Pack below.

Age UK’s Health Influencing team is happy to announce the launch of our 2022/23 Winter Health Campaign! The Winter Health Campaign will hopefully play a crucial role in ensuring older people have access to the information, advice, and support that they need to navigate the upcoming winter months. Find full details below, including a Local Campaign Pack you can use to help inform and support your own local winter campaigns this year.

With pre-pandemic levels of social contact expected this winter, we are increasingly wary of the potential for co-circulation of influenza, Covid-19, and other respiratory issues to put increased pressure on the NHS during an already difficult time.

Taken together, it’s clear we are facing a perfect storm this winter. This is why we’re asking for your support with Age UK’s Winter Health Campaign for another year. By working together, we can ensure older people have access to the information, advice, and support that they need to navigate the upcoming winter months.

This campaign will take place between October 2022 and March 2023 and aims to support as many older people as possible through the winter period. Please find below the Age UK Winter Health Campaign local pack, which we hope will be a useful resource to help inform and support your own local winter campaigns this year:


Please get in touch if you have any questions or require any further information – sophie.barrett@ageuk.org.uk. Thank you for supporting the campaign!

Older People’s Health and Care Survey – October 2022

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

Age UK’s latest Older People’s Health and Care Survey is now live! As with our previous surveys in 2020 and 2021, our aim is to understand more about the current health and care needs of older people. We are looking to hear from older people and those that support them, including local Age UKs. Over 15,000 people responded to last year’s survey, which gave us a powerful position from which to influence the Government and the NHS.

Your responses helped us put pressure on the Government on a number of issues, particularly help during the cost of living crisis and access to NHS services.

We would be really grateful if you could once again share this survey across your networks so that we can hear as many voices as possible. Thank you!

The survey closes on Wednesday 19th October.

Invitation to attend a roundtable discussion on future vaccination strategy

Age UK and the NHS are hosting a roundtable discussion on future vaccination strategy on Friday 23rd September from 2:00 – 3:30pm. Find out full details.

Age UK and the NHS are pleased to invite you to attend a joint roundtable discussion on future vaccination strategy. The event will be held online on Friday 23rd September from 2:00 – 3:30pm. Chaired by Ruthe Isden, Age UK’s Head of Health Influencing, the event will also include opening remarks from Steve Russell, NHS National Director for Vaccination and will include a question and answer segment.

The objective of the roundtable is to help understand and improve the strategy work and thinking behind the NHS vaccination programme, including what the priorities should be going forward.

This session comes shortly after the NHS launched their autumn booster campaign. The discussion session with NHS England staff will provide the opportunity to share what you think is important to prioritise and consider, given your work in your local area and system, and your thoughts on what will work for older people who are frequently part of routine vaccinations.

Please get in touch with HealthInfluencing@ageuk.org.uk for further details and to let us know if you would like to attend.