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Putting older people’s needs in care homes first


20 February 2015

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The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has published a new briefing to help local authorities and partner organisations put older people’s needs at the heart of the care given by residential and nursing homes.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has published a new briefing to help local authorities and partner organisations put older people’s needs at the heart of the care given by residential and nursing homes.

There are more than 450,000 people living in the 12,800 registered residential care homes and 4,600 registered nursing care homes in England. Although local authorities run fewer than 1,000 residential care homes, they have a duty of care for all residents. They oversee safeguarding issues and promote residents’ wellbeing.

The NICE briefing pulls together key recommendations from relevant NICE guidance and quality standards to help local authorities commission high quality services, which make best use of resources and provide good value. 

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