Age UK Parliamentary Briefing on Women’s Health Strategy

Age UK has written a Parliamentary Briefing to assess the Government’s new ten-year Women’s Health Strategy. View both the strategy and the briefing here.

Following a call for evidence and the publication of its Vision for Women’s Health, the Government has now published a ten-year Women’s Health Strategy. Age UK has written a Parliamentary Briefing to assess the Government’s strategy, which you can find here. The briefing includes a summary of what we are pleased to see for older women in the strategy, as well as the further commitments we would like to see included.

If you have any questions or any feedback relating to the Women’s Health Strategy, please get in touch with luke.pilot@ageuk.org.uk.

Submit your feedback on Engage Britain’s “Ideas for Change”

As Engage Britain’s Ideas for Change project continues, the team are seeking feedback on the great ideas for improving the social care sector submitted so far.

Earlier this year, we posted about Engage Britain‘s Ideas for Change project, an opportunity for people with experience of social care to share their thoughts on improving things for those who work in social care. Having collected lots of suggestions, Engage Britain are now seeking feedback on the great ideas submitted so far. Find out how to get involved below.

As part of Ideas for Change, Engage Britain brought together a group of people who draw on care, work on the frontline and run care services to suggest how to improve the care sector.

They’re now asking for help shaping these ideas for change to make things better for those who work in care. They want everyone to feel confident these ideas are practical and realistic. And that they represent all the great thinking people have done to date.

Get involved

Do you have a few minutes to take a look at the ideas for the social care workforce? Click here to share your challenges and improvements on the Ideas for Change, as well as provide wider feedback on what other people have said.

Feedback can be submitted up until August 21st.

Chance to get involved in NHS England medicines programme

NHS England has set up a new national programme to tackle problematic polypharmacy. If you organisation would like to get involved, you can find all the details here.

Age UK is supporting a new national programme funded by NHS England to help tackle problematic polypharmacy, i.e. where people are taking more medicines than they need or are likely causing them harm. Local Age UKs are invited to get involved with the programme by joining a local Community of Practice and/or collaborating with a local NHS group to support the testing of public-facing materials.

If you would like to hear more or get involved, please contact Amy Semple,  National Programme Manager at a.semple@nhs.net. You can also get in touch with Age UK’s Health and Care Policy Lead Tom Gentry at tom.gentry@ageuk.org.uk.

Call for evidence for a new King’s Fund research project about Integrated Care Systems

The King’s Fund have set up a new research project to address any barriers to embedding the VCSE sector in integrated care systems. Find out how you can get involved.

Age UK’s Health Influencing Team are pleased to share an opportunity for Local Age UKs to contribute evidence to be showcased in a project The King’s Fund are leading on behalf of the NHSE Voluntary Partnerships team. Read on for full details, including how to get involved.

This research will focus on how to address barriers that VCSE organisations can face when working with and alongside Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) – collecting case studies of tools, models and approaches people have developed to start addressing these challenges. These examples will be written up into a report (by The King’s Fund) and toolkit (by the National Association for Voluntary and Community Action) for publication at the end of this year.

The opportunity

The King’s Fund are looking for really practical, concrete examples on addressing the barriers in the areas outlined in the document linked below. This can be either be via submission of case studies that are already written up, or the option to have a call to share information via an telephone interview.

Please note: King’s Fund are looking to source really specific examples and tacit learning of not just ‘what’ but ‘how’ e.g. the steps taken to secure sustainable funding, the template of the memorandum of understanding etc.

Attached below is more background to this piece of work:

How to contribute

Unfortunately the timelines for this project are quite tight, so if you are able to submit something, please contact HealthInfluencing@ageuk.org.uk by Friday 5th August. Thank you.

Latest news from the ICS Hub

A list of the latest news, guidance, and resources on Integrated Care Systems that have been added to the ICS Hub.

Check out the latest updates to our ICS Hub, a space for local Age UKs to get the latest news, guidance, and resources on Integrated Care Systems. Read on to view the latest updates, including a new inquiry into ICSs, a briefing paper from Tenders UK, and a framework from the King’s Fund on successful partnership working.

MPs to investigate if ICSs will deliver better care

Forty-two ICSs have now officially been established in law as of July 1st. A new inquiry was also launched this week by the Health and Social Care Parliamentary Committee to consider how these Integrated Care Systems will deliver joined up health and care services to meet the needs of local populations. They are inviting evidence to be submitted for consideration by Friday 5th August. More details can be found here.

Age UK will be submitting a national response – if you would like to contribute your local experiences of ICSs, please contact healthinfluencing@ageuk.org.uk.

You can view this update along with some other recent articles you may find useful on the ICS Hub here.


Anticipatory care – developing a service offer for ICSs

The NHS England 2022/23 business plan includes a requirement for all ICSs to provide a plan by Q3 of this year on how they will deliver Anticipatory Care in 2023.

The key focus of Anticipatory Care is helping people most at risk of deteriorating health to maintain their health and wellbeing, slowing the need for statutory health and wellbeing services. This is something that all Age UKs have considerable experience in doing, which means there could be an opportunity for local Age UKs to work with their local ICS to help to deliver Anticipatory Care in 2023.

To help with this process, we have commissioned Tenders-UK to produce a briefing paper you can download and adapt to help your organisation to begin negotiations with your local ICS.

The paper gives an overview of Anticipatory Care, including some of the strengths the Age UK Network brings to the table. Section Three focuses on the local context and contains guidance on adapting the text in this section to fit the situation in your local area – Tenders-UK can help in completing this section if required, but there is no obligation to ask them to do so. If you would like to know more, including costs, please contact sophy.roberts@tenders-uk.com.

You can view this update along with some other ICS resources from Age UK on the ICS Hub here.


Kings Fund publish framework for successful partnership working

Key to the success of ICSs in reducing health inequalities is constructive partnership working between NHS, local authority, and VCSE organisations. Through insight they have gained via their Healthy Communities Together programme, The Kings Fund have produced a short report which includes learning from organisations already engaged in working in these types of partnerships. There are also some handy links to additional resources which you may find useful here.

You can view this update along with lots of other ICS resources from external sources like the NHS on the ICS Hub here.

Get in touch

All this information and more is available on our ICS Hub but if you can’t find what you’re looking for, please contact healthinfluencing@ageuk.org.uk.

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.

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.

Urgent action on social care: Stop changes to the cap on care costs

The Health & Care Bill will be returning to the House of Commons next week and we anticipate the government will make changes that will water down the cap on social care costs. Find out how you can help to stop these changes.

The Health & Care Bill will be returning to the House of Commons next week, after being debated in the House of Lords. The Government had tabled amendments to the cap on social care costs, which would have watered down the cap and left it beyond the reach of many older people. The House of Lords voted to remove this amendment, therefore preserving the cap and ensuring it serves everyone and not just the wealthiest. We anticipate the Government will bring back a similar amendment when the bill is debated again by MPs. Find out how you can help to stop changes to the cap on care costs below.

Age UK’s analysis shows that the Government’s planned changes would result in:

  • more than 4 in 5 older people seeing no benefit of the cap at all
  • poorer older people being much more likely to die before they reach the cap than someone who is better off with the same care needs.

Age UK believes the cap should benefit everyone accessing care services and that this shouldn’t be denied to those with few or modest assets or those who live in poorer regions of the country. We need MPs to understand why these changes are unfair and regressive and to vote against them if they are proposed again.

Please use this template letter to write to your MP asking them to oppose these changes to the cap. You can also include this general briefing on amendments to the bill and this briefing specifically on the changes to the cap. The bill could be debated again as early as Wednesday 30th March, so if you could send this letter to your MPs as soon as possible, we should be able to build opposition to these changes.

For further details or support with engaging your MPs, please contact luke.pilot@ageuk.org.uk.

Thank you as always for your support.

New Integrated Care Systems Hub Launched!

Age UK has created a new Integrated Care Systems Hub to help partners to find information on ICSs quickly and easily.

The introduction of Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) is changing the way health and care is commissioned and delivered, but what does this mean for Age UKs delivering services at a local level? There’s a lot of information out there and navigating your way through it can be very time consuming and confusing. To help, Age UK has created a new Integrated Care Systems Hub so you can find information quickly and easily.

There you will also find resources which have been specially produced for local Age UKs to help keep you informed about how you might best respond to the challenges and opportunities these new structures could bring in your local area.

We will let you know of any updates to this ICS Hub via Signpost, so please ask any local Age UK colleagues that you think would be interested in this topic to sign up for Signpost here, or to keep an eye on the Hub via the link below.

Click the link below to start exploring what ICSs might mean for your organisation. We will keep the ICS Hub under regular review so if there’s anything you’d like to see included (or if anything isn’t working as it should) then please contact healthinfluencing@ageuk.org.uk.

Impact of Covid-19 on Older People – 3rd wave research webinar recording & fact sheet

Age UK’s Health Influencing Team have shared the recording of their recent webinar which covered the third wave of their research into the impact of Covid-19 on older people.

The Health Influencing team was pleased to see so many local partners join us at our “Impact of Covid-19 on Older People 3rd Wave Research” webinar last Tuesday. For all those who were unable to attend on the day or would like to share it with colleagues, please find a link to the webinar recording below. We have also attached a copy of the slides from the session and a document with some detailed results from the representative polling. Please note that the results from our research have not been published yet by Age UK, so we request that these are only used for bids and presentations to aide local health and care system influencing, not local media or for open publication.

We mentioned in the webinar that the Health Influencing team will be looking to carry out future research in this area. We would, therefore, welcome any feedback on the research and would value hearing from local partners about any ideas for future research topics or questions that would be beneficial to have insight on. We would also welcome hearing any successes or positive use of our research stats or presentation. Please get in touch with us at HealthInfluencing@ageuk.org.uk.

Access the slides and polling stats:

View the 1st and 2nd waves of research:

View the Webinar Recording:

You can share the recording with this link, or watch it below: