The Health and Wellbeing of Older People

What we do

The UK population is getting older with around one in five people aged 65 and over (2.5% aged 85+). Around two thirds of older people have 'multimorbidity' i.e. with two or more long-term conditions (LTCs). Caring for older people with multimorbidity is complicated because the different treatments for their conditions often interact in complex ways. The NHS urgently needs to develop new ways of working to optimise the health and wellbeing for older people.

This work includes:

  • Developing and testing new models of health and social care for older people using  patient-centred approaches i.e. treating what matters most to the person rather than every condition that they might have.
  • Exploring workforce issues, including in general practice.


  • Development and feasibility testing of an intervention to facilitate the inVolvement of OLder patients with muLtimorbidITy in decisION-making about their healthcare during general practice consultations (VOLITION).

Who we are


Theme Lead
Professor Suzanne Richards

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Related groups

The health and wellbeing of older people is a theme that sits within the Division of Primary Care, Palliative Care and Public Health, alongside the following other themes/units: