The Commission for Education and Safety in Training in its report recommended that ‘all staff should develop the skills to be able to identify potential risks to come up with possible solutions and to be able to implement them’ (2016). In the context of the care of older people, we are living in a society where people are living longer and healthier with improvements in their quality of life and this is a success. Demographic projections show that more than 4% of the population will be aged over 85 and greater than 20% will be over the age of 65 by the year 2033. We need a new approach to address the issues around improving safety in hospitals, in nursing and residential care homes and the wider community. We still have a huge ongoing challenge around falls and frailty, pressure ulcers and VTE, dementia and mental illness and nutrition and polypharmacy. There also is the need for providing medical, nursing and social care that is compassionate and caring and treats people with dignity and respect. The centre aims to make a major contribution leading on training and education of the workforce within the health and social care sector. Focus will be on issues around improving skills, knowledge and embedding a culture of compassion and respect through influencing behaviour and attitudes at individual, team and organisational level.
The Centre has wide support and commitment from health professionals and academics, senior managers, leaders in community and health and social care organisations across the North-West and nationally. The Centre of Excellence for Safety in the Care of Older People” is hosted by East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust and based at the Acorn Primary Health Care Centre in Accrington.