Royal College of Nursing Representing nurses and nursing, promoting excellence in practice, shaping health policies

Our work

How we represent forum members

  • Celebrating and sharing best practice.
  • Promoting positive and inclusive approaches to the care of older people and their families.
  • Challenging barriers to good care.
  • Contributing to the development of guidelines for the care of older people.

Our Strategy 

  • Providing an effective committee
  • Engaging with members
  • Supporting professional development
  • Influencing the national agenda
  • Developing guidance documents to support clinical practice
  • Collaborating with other organisations to generate clear direction regarding ethical dilemmas
  • Through our older people's forum steering committee charter 2020-2021

What we are currently working on

  • Guidelines for prisons based on the dementia SPACE principles.  We're currently seeking feedback from people living in prison and have developed a dementia friendly guide to the SPACE principles and a form to help gather your feedback.
  • Review the Delirium Champion resources.
  • A series of introductory/educational podcasts by steering committee members.
  • Explore care home work streams, particularly around current thinking, centres of excellence and end of life care.
  • Complete regular blogs on new care home research/sharing good practice.
  • An educational event on people living with learning disabilities and frailty/dementia, in partnership with the British Geriatric Society (BGS) and the RCN Learning Disability Nursing Forum.
  • Work on connecting life stories with person centred care, social prescribing and how this can support difficult conversations and healthy living.

Recent activity

  • Developed the Aspects of Age exhibition, in conjunction with the RCN Library and Heritage Centre.
  • Hosted a delirium champions celebration conference in Summer 2019, with approximately 100 delegates.
  • Piloted a 'student nursing delirium champion' face-to-face educational resource at Queen's University Belfast in Northern Ireland.  The resource was co-designed, developed and produced by the committee members based on the existing RCN delirium champion resources.
  • A selection of blogs from forum members.

Leading, collaborating, influencing

The RCN and its forums are invited to participate in many cross working and multidisciplinary workstreams. Below are a selection of some of the activities that members of the Older People's Forum are involved in on your behalf.


The RCN is the voice of nursing, and is invited to contribute to many consultations. These are some of the recent consultations that the Older People's Forum has been involved in.

End of life care for adults: service delivery [NICE guideline 142: October 2019]

Get involved

Find out more about how to get involved in developing NICE and SIGN guidance

Page last updated - 01/05/2021