Older people

The CfWI is looking at the workforce impact and considerations around the changing care for older people with complex and/or multiple needs. This project will benefit clinicians, managers, workforce planners, and others involved in service redesign at local, regional and national levels.


The population of the UK is ageing. Over the last 25 years the percentage of the population aged 65 and over increased from 15%in 1984 to 16% in 2009, an increase of 1.7 million people. Whilst many older people live for longer with good health, there is a steady increase in the number of people with acute and chronic health conditions, which puts pressure on health and social services.

Similar to most health and social care systems in the developed world, England is responding to this demographic challenge by developing innovative models of care for older people to meet the demand for services. The Older People Project is working to provide a consolidated view of these different models of care and how they aim to provide high quality and cost-effective care for older people. The first phase of the project culminated in the creation of a report that focused on giving service and workforce planners an insight on how the models of care reviewed are shaping the future workforce.


The next phase of the project will develop a guidance toolkit to help local area workforce planners and other stakeholders to plan their workforce using a care pathway approach. The toolkit will be developed by conducting a focused review of an integrated discharge pathway at a single site. This will mean that as well as developing a tool to guide workforce planners, the project will collect detailed information and lessons learned from the site, which will help other sites to move towards a more integrated discharge system.


For further information and to be kept informed about this and other related work please email workforceintelligence@dh.gsi.gov.uk.