Targets dropped in revised framework

The National Service Framework for Older People has been reshaped on the themes of promoting dignity in care, healthy ageing and integrated services.

Older people’s “tsar” Professor Ian Philp this week published a revised version of his 2001 NSF, which, unlike its predecessor, eschews targets in favour of broad aspirations to raise the standard of care, while summarising existing government policies to achieve them.

It contains 10 “programmes” of work, some of which – such as initiatives on strokes, mental health and falls – correspond to the eight standards of the original NSF, while others cover new topics such as tackling complex needs.

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