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Advances in health care have helped people in England to live longer than ever before. As a result, the number of older people in England is growing significantly and this rate of growth is projected to speed up over the next 20 years, with the number of people over 60 expected to increase from 14.9 million in 2014 to 18.5 million by 2025 (ONS, 2015).
We recognise that ageing, together with an accumulation of health and social changes over time, may result in increasing frailty for our population, but that these changes in health can often be reversed or overcome quite simply. Our work is primarily focussed on the promotion of healthy living and the prevention and management of illness and disability affecting older people. Our project portfolio reflects the interests of our member organisations and our experiences to date and contributes to our overall ambition for ‘healthy ageing’ in the south London population.
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The HIN engaged with OPUS and commissioned them on a pro bono basis to adapt their existing comprehensive guidance to ensure care home staff were aware of how to safely administer medicines without using a dosette box during the pandemic. We shared the adapted guidance with our care homes with the permission of OPUS. The […]
As a result of Covid-19, many patients and care home residents with dementia were no longer able to see their friends and family. The Healthy ageing and Tech team set about doing secondary research into digital dementia friendly activities and produced a short guide. In south London, 377 (61%) of 621 homes are registered for […]
England’s increasing older population is fuelling greater demand for adult social care services. We need to look at different ways of delivering social care in England and the implementation of new technology provides an opportunity to improve the quality and efficiency of care in older age. In March 2020, Health Innovation Network (HIN) and DigitalHealth.London […]
Polypharmacy is a global patient safety challenge and literally means ‘many medicines’. It has been defined by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as the routine use of four or more medicines including those that are prescribed or bought in a pharmacy (including herbal medicines).1 This project explored ways to reduce inappropriate polypharmacy in care homes. […]
The Health Innovation Network (HIN) has been working in partnership with Coordinate My Care (CMC), to explore implementing CMC, an electronic urgent care planning service, in care homes. CMC is a digital solution to “Advance Care Planning” currently available in London. It enables patient’s wishes and clinical recommendations about future care to be viewed by […]
ProjectBack to Healthy Ageing Falls and fall-related injuries are a common and serious problem for older adults. People aged 65 and older have the highest risk of falling, with 30% of people older than 65 and 50% of people older than 80 falling at least once a year. The HIN is currently working to improve […]
Health Innovation Network and My Home Life are delighted to announce the third South London Care Home Pioneer Programme – a FREE leadership support and professional development programme for care home managers to advance their skills, facilitate personal growth and enable them to effectively manage the complex everyday issues that impact on the quality of […]
Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) for older adults with common mental health issues, such as depression and anxiety is a national and local priority. IAPT is as effective for older adults (65+) as for those of working age, typically, this age group tends to respond well to talking therapies but currently have low referral rates. […]
Dementia is one of the biggest challenges we face in health and social care. There are approximately 18,000 people in south London diagnosed with dementia, with a further estimated 7,000 undiagnosed. One third of people with dementia live in care homes, and the remaining two thirds live in community settings. Since 2014, Health Innovation Network […]
Following the release of 2015’s ‘Identifying Dementia in Care Homes using DeAR-GP’, a tool co-designed with care workers in care homes, to support care workers in care homes, the Healthy Ageing Clinical Theme team have amended and trialed the tool for use by Community Health Teams and Housing Providers within Community Settings. In south London, […]
The Healthy Ageing team at Health Innovation Network (HIN) have been working with Innovations in Dementia to test an innovative feedback tool based on the dementia i-statements to see if this is a useful way to demonstrate how dementia services contribute towards the outcomes that matter to the person with dementia. The i-statements were produced […]
Memory services or memory clinics have been set up to provide specialist assessment for diagnosing, treating and supporting people with dementia. Memory clinics are run by health care and social care professionals. People attending a memory clinic are offered a full assessment to confirm – or rule out – the diagnosis of dementia. This can […]
The HIN is committed to working with care and nursing homes in South London to disseminate innovation and best practice in the sector and provide a support network for smaller care home providers. In May 2014, the HIN re-launched The South London Care and Nursing Home Network, previously hosted by the Health Innovation and Education Cluster […]
A high proportion of admissions and readmissions to hospitals are from residents in care homes. Care homes in South London have expressed a need for better information sharing and communication during transfer of care. Specifically changes to medication and care pathways post discharge were identified as areas for improvement. Similarly, ambulance and hospital staff highlight […]
Click here to watch the YouTube video to understand the needs of people living with dementia during the Covid-19 pandemic. The Activities Guide below will signpost you to excellent activities suitable for such population. This guide to online resources for those providing care for people with dementia, is a resource that Health Innovation Network has […]
The report shows that Barbara’s Story training is suitable and valuable to the care home sector in raising awareness about dementia. The training developed and tailored for care homes was effective in increasing the confidence of care home staff. Those care home workers undergoing training reported a greater understanding of dementia, improved communication strategies, a […]