The Health and Wellbeing of Older People
- Group summary: The Health and Wellbeing of Older People research group investigates new ways to improve care for older people in the UK. We address the challenges facing an ageing population through research into new patient centred approaches to care and issues of workforce.
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
Professor Suzanne Richards
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: