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Cesagen · News

Dignity on the wards: improving hospital care for the elderly

23.11.2011

Introduction

Leading figures from nursing, hospital management, policy-making and older people’s groups will discuss the findings of the recent Cardiff University-led Dignity in Practice report.

Story

Action to tackle the sometimes shocking standards of hospital care for older people will be the priority at a high-level conference hosted by Cardiff University on the 30 November at the Cardiff Marriott Hotel.

Leading figures from nursing, hospital management, policy-making and older people’s groups will discuss the findings of the recent University-led Dignity in Practice report.

The study examined dignified care for older people in acute NHS wards in England and Wales. Highly variable standards were found including:

  • Poorly-designed, confusing and inaccessible wardsConcern about nearby patients of opposite gender
  • Demoralised staff with poor caring skills
  • Patients frequently moved to meet organisational prioritiesBoredom through lack of communal spaces and activities.

Now, Cesagen aims to find solutions to the problems it uncovered. The study authors, Dr Win Tadd of Cesagen and Professor Michael Calnan of the University of Kent will present their findings and recommend ways forward to improve elderly care.

This event to mark the end of the 'Dignity in Practice' study provides an opportunity for clinical and managerial staff, older people and their advocates to hear about the study findings, especially in the context of other independent reports and events, hear from service users, regulators, senior Trust staff and policy makers and together explore how acute care for older people can be improved.

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