Intermediate care for older people

Achieving excellence
The King's Fund
Event type: 
One-day workshop

About this workshop


The United Kingdom, and especially England, has relatively few acute hospital beds. An rising number of those admitted to hospital are older and have increasingly complex conditions. Many of these people have frailty or functional impairment, and most need some rehabilitation after their acute illness or injury. Some could be supported at home after initial assessment at hospital or in their own homes.

Intermediate care services can deliver support outside of a hospital setting, potentially helping to speed up discharge, avoid some admissions, provide crucial rehabilitation to maximise independence and reduce the need for long-term care and support. But such models are not always funded or available. In this workshop we aim to explore ‘what good looks like’ in intermediate care services for older people.

Who is this workshop for?

This workshop is for clinicians and managers leading the delivery, co-ordination and commissioning of intermediate care for older people with frailty, within and across health care, social care and the voluntary sector.

To encourage multidisciplinary teams from the same organisation or local system to attend, we are offering four places for the price of three.

What will you do on this workshop?

This one-day workshop focuses on putting what we know works into practice and the group is limited to 35 to ensure good-quality, interactive discussions. The workshop includes contributions from experts and, most importantly, the space to design your own models of care, among peers and alongside experts.

In addition to sessions from David Oliver on ‘what good care looks like’ based on the paper, Making our health and care systems fit for an ageing population, you will have the opportunity to hear from a number of other speakers, including:

  • Bie Grobert, General Manager of Integrated Adult Services at NHS South Warwickshire Foundation Trust, alongside commissioning and social care partners, on how they worked together on discharge to assess, in-reach and re-ablement
  • Claire Holditch, Director of the NHS Benchmarking Network and Project Director of the National Audit of Intermediate Care on the results of the most recent Intermediate Care Audit
  • Ruth Williams, Clinical Directorate Lead, iCares Integrated Care Service, Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust to share the trust’s experience of developing specialist community interventions for people with long-term conditions.

Alongside these inputs, you will have space to share ideas with each other and focus on how you can develop your own partnerships for integrated and joined-up intermediate care for older people.

Workshop series

This workshop is part of a series on improving the experience for and care of older people. The first workshop will focus on improving the experience of older people leaving hospital.

These workshops will give you:

  • exposure to new ideas on the processes, structures and relationships that will support you to improve the care of and experience of care for older people
  • space to adapt learning to your own situation and to focus on the next steps
  • the opportunity to develop relationships with a network of peer learners.

Each workshop stands alone so you can choose to attend one workshop or both. Those attending both workshops will have the opportunity to test out new thinking in practice or ideas and bring their learning back into discussion with peers and David Oliver. We are offering the second workshop at a 10 per cent discount for those who attend both workshops.