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Every vulnerable elderly person in England will have a personal NHS worker

Elderly patients will get personal NHS worker to coordinate health care, pledges Jeremy Hunt

Health Secretary says each patient will have their own dedicated NHS worker

Sunday 12 May 2013

Every vulnerable elderly person in England will have a personal NHS worker who will be responsible for co-ordinating all their heath and care needs, the Heath Secretary Jeremy Hunt promises today.

Warning in an interview with The Independent that dementia has replaced cancer as the biggest challenge facing the NHS, Mr Hunt said that the NHS must entirely overhaul the way it looks after elderly patients.

On Monday he will announce a review into all aspects of later-life care that is expected to bring forward recommendations in the autumn.

However, in advance of the review, he signalled that he expected it to result in significant change across the NHS, including:

* A shake-up of out-of-hours care to  ensure that all doctors have access to detailed patient notes – no matter where or when they are treated. Local GPs will also be expected to take more responsibility for out-of-hours care in their communities.

* A single “named individual” will manage all the care needs of elderly patients – from arranging physiotherapy to home help and medical care.

NHS ‘ring fence’ threatened by plan to help social care

More than £1bn likely to be transferred from health budget to local authorities

The Government has decided to act amid fears that hospitals are admitting elderly patients who could be better cared for at home.

The plans – being drawn up as part of the Government’s spending review – are likely to see at least £1bn transferred from the Department of Health to local authorities to keep people out of hospital.

£5.5m DOH fund to improve hospice facilities across the East of England

Norfolk Hospice gets go-ahead after Government cash boost for care

ANDREW PAPWORTH Thursday, April 11, 2013
9:33 AM

A new hospice designed to meet Norfolk’s growing need for end-of-life care has today been given the green light thanks to a £510,000 government grant.

The money, part of a £5.5m Department of Health fund to improve hospice facilities across the East of England, means The Norfolk Hospice, Tapping House can now confirm it will go ahead with its long-awaited multi-million pound facility near the A148 at Hillington.

Richard Shaw, chief executive of the charity, said the new site is needed to meet the county’s ever-increasing demand for palliative care amid warnings that many people are not getting the care they need.