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Older people: professional resources

Resources from the RCN and other organisations for nursing staff working with older people  

RCN resources to support the care of older people

Useful resources


Regulatory standards

Standards for the care of older people are set by the regulatory agencies of the four UK countries. These standards are in place to ensure the level of care for older people never falls below them.

England

Care Quality Commission (2015) Regulations for service providers and managers. This guidance describes how providers and managers can meet the regulations. These include the fundamental standards – the standards below which care must never fall.

Care Quality Commission (2016) Fundamental standards. The fundamental standards are the standards below which a person's care must never fall.

Northern Ireland

Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS): Safety and quality standards

Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS): Care standards

Scotland

Healthcare Improvement Scotland (2015) Care of older people in hospital standards

Scottish Government. Scotland's National Care Standards

Wales

Welsh Government. Deoing well, doing better: Standards for Health Services in Wales

Welsh Government. Health and care standards

Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales: Care for adults

National policies

Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety: Older people - service framework documents
The Framework aims to improve the health and well-being of older people, their carers and families by setting 46 standards.

Scottish Government: Reshaping care for older people: a Programme for Change 2011-2021
Initiative aimed at improving services for older people by shifting care towards anticipatory care and prevention.

Welsh Government: The strategy for older people in Wales 2013-2023
Strategy that focuses on ensuring that older people in Wales have the social, environmental and financial resources they need to deal with the challenges and opportunities they face.