Commissioning services for an ageing population

Catherine Foot
Publication:  The Commissioning Review
Reference:  3 June 2014

Commissioning services for an ageing population throws up its own set of challenges and opportunities.

Our ageing population is one of the great success stories of modern medicine and public health. The number of people in the UK aged over 85 has doubled in the past three decades and continues to rise. Many of us remain healthy and happy well into old age, and tomorrow’s older people are likely to be even healthier and more independent than today’s. However, as we age we are more likely to develop multiple, complex conditions, disability and frailty. The ageing population therefore presents significant challenges to our health and care system.

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