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Publication date: 1 December 2005

Steve Iliffe, Kalpa Kharicha, Claire Goodman, Cameron Swift, Danielle Harari and Jill Manthorpe

Successive policy documents concerning older people's health and well‐being have aimed to improve their care, by raising standards and promoting independence. These…

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Successive policy documents concerning older people's health and well‐being have aimed to improve their care, by raising standards and promoting independence. These policies also emphasise the need for research to prevent disability, and reduce admission to hospitals and long‐term care settings. This paper reports an evaluation in progress of a health technology approach designed to achieve these objectives. An ‘expert system’ is described that is intended to improve older people's access to health and social care information, to enable service providers to review the health and social care needs of older people, and to allow planners to assess the needs of whole populations. The paper ends by inviting discussion and responses from readers of this journal.

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Quality in Ageing and Older Adults, vol. 6 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1471-7794

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Publication date: 1 December 2008

Catherine Evans and Claire Goodman

The second in a new series about mental health in old age, this article reviews policies and research evidence on services for people with dementia at the end of their…

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The second in a new series about mental health in old age, this article reviews policies and research evidence on services for people with dementia at the end of their lives, and looks at future commissioning priorities

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Journal of Integrated Care, vol. 16 no. 6
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1476-9018

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Article
Publication date: 9 May 2016

Andrea Mayrhofer and Claire Goodman

People with dementia require care at home, in care homes and in hospitals, which has implications for the current and future workforce in health and social care. To inform…

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Purpose

People with dementia require care at home, in care homes and in hospitals, which has implications for the current and future workforce in health and social care. To inform regional workforce development planning in dementia care, Health Education East of England commissioned an organisational audit of current dementia training at NHS Trusts and in social care across Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire. The paper aims to discuss this issue.

Design/methodology/approach

Qualitative methods and non-probability purposive sampling were used for recruitment and data collection. The audit included NHS Trusts, local authorities, clinical commissioning groups, and health and social care organisations involved in commissioning and providing dementia education and training in the two counties.

Findings

Whilst there was considerable investment in dementia awareness training, learning was not targeted, assessed or structured to ensure on-going professional development.

Practical implications

This has implications for workforce development and career-progression for staff responsible for the care of older people with dementia. Conclusion: if a future workforce is expected to lead, coordinate, support and provide dementia care across health and social care, a qualifying curriculum could play a critical part in ensuring quality and consistency of approach and provision.

Originality/value

This paper makes a timely contribution to discussions on the skills and competencies needed to equip the future workforce for dementia care across health and social care.

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The Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice, vol. 11 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1755-6228

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Article
Publication date: 29 November 2013

Jill Manthorpe, Steve Iliffe, Claire Goodman, Vari Drennan and James Warner

The purpose of this case study is to report and reflect on a recently completed five-year programme of research on dementia care and practice in England. This EVIDEM…

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Purpose

The purpose of this case study is to report and reflect on a recently completed five-year programme of research on dementia care and practice in England. This EVIDEM programme of research was specifically designed to influence services for people with dementia and their carers; several additional lessons emerged along the way that might shape broader research on ageing that includes older people and those who work with them.

Design/methodology/approach

This case study of the EVIDEM programme presents and discusses four lessons learned by the core research team – covering the implications of newly basing research inside the NHS, multi-disciplinary working across academic disciplines, communicating with diverse practitioners, and the impact of patient and public involvement on the research process. The paper reflects on communication between the NHS and academic communities, and the creation of new research capacity in dementia.

Findings

Collaborative working between academic disciplines is possible, given willing researchers and commitment to participating in frequent opportunities for dialogue and learning. In research in dementia these foundations are probably essential, given the growing scale of the problem and the small size of the research community, if we are to have a beneficial impact on people's lives. Lay expertise is a necessary ingredient of research programmes, not just for its co-design power, but for its ability to redesign projects when major problems arise.

Research limitations/implications

This case study reports the subjective views of the research collaborators. While this raises the potential for bias, it offers an “insider” perspective of the research process and engagement in research leadership.

Originality/value

There are few reflections on research processes and management and this case study may be useful to academic researchers, to those working in the NHS with responsibility for research in different forms, and to older people's organisations who wish to hear of the value of older people's engagement in research advisory activity.

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Working with Older People, vol. 17 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1366-3666

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Article
Publication date: 14 October 2009

Jill Manthorpe

Mental health problems in later life are common and damaging experiences for individuals, their families and those who support them. Some become almost the defining…

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Mental health problems in later life are common and damaging experiences for individuals, their families and those who support them. Some become almost the defining feature of the older person and, while they are challenging professionally and costly for society, they are also influenced by the twin discriminations of stigma and ageism. In this, the last in our series on older people's mental health, we pull together some other key messages from the series and set them in the context of current and future service commissioning and provision. We point to remaining gaps in provision and suggest how commissioners might approach the problems of mental ill‐health in later life in a context of declining resources.

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Journal of Integrated Care, vol. 17 no. 5
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1476-9018

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Article
Publication date: 4 May 2009

David Lowery and James Warner

Behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD) are a far too common and disturbing occurrence for people with dementia, their families and those who care for…

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Behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD) are a far too common and disturbing occurrence for people with dementia, their families and those who care for them. The consequences can be not only devastating personally and challenging professionally, but also costly for service providers. In this, the fourth of this series on older people's mental health services, we describe what BPSD are, what we know about current service provision for this group and the gaps, and how commissioners might approach these issues when developing services for older people with dementia.

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Journal of Integrated Care, vol. 17 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1476-9018

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Publication date: 26 June 2009

Jill Manthorpe and Kritika Samsi

Local authorities and primary care trusts receive regular instructions to put new legislation into practice, and to ensure appropriate training. This article takes the…

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Local authorities and primary care trusts receive regular instructions to put new legislation into practice, and to ensure appropriate training. This article takes the implementation of the Mental Capacity Act as a case study of how commissioners are involved in such changes, and reports on two models. The MCA is an example of the gains that can be made if commissioners think about implementation across agencies, and between public and private sectors.

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Journal of Integrated Care, vol. 17 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1476-9018

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Article
Publication date: 21 February 2011

Jill Manthorpe and Jo Moriarty

Providing housing with care may seem to be integration at its best. This paper investigates the workforce implications of this form of provision with a focus on older…

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Providing housing with care may seem to be integration at its best. This paper investigates the workforce implications of this form of provision with a focus on older people with high support needs.

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Journal of Integrated Care, vol. 19 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1476-9018

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Publication date: 1 February 2009

Vari Drennan and Laura Cole

Mental health problems in old age have attracted policy attention in the UK over the past decade. An important issue is how to improve services for people who have both…

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Mental health problems in old age have attracted policy attention in the UK over the past decade. An important issue is how to improve services for people who have both mental health and other problems. This article sets out some of the challenges facing planners and commissioners in developing integrated services for older adults, by using the case study of people with dementia and incontinence problems. It uses integrated service models and observations from the EVIDEM‐C study to suggest some incremental actions that would help develop the long‐term strategy for integrated services.

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Journal of Integrated Care, vol. 17 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1476-9018

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Publication date: 1 October 2008

Jill Manthorpe and Steve Iliffe

This article is the first of a series on older people's mental health services (OPMH Focus 2008‐09). It sets out some of the challenges facing commissioners, and uses…

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This article is the first of a series on older people's mental health services (OPMH Focus 2008‐09). It sets out some of the challenges facing commissioners, and uses recommendations from a recent inquiry to outline possible commissioning objectives.

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Journal of Integrated Care, vol. 16 no. 5
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1476-9018

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