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Edinburgh: Limited progress in improving outcomes for older peopleEdinburgh: Limited progress in improving outcomes for older people

Only "limited progress" has been made in improving outcomes for older people who need health and social care in Edinburgh according to a follow-up review carried out jointly by the Care Inspectorate and Healthcare Improvement Scotland in June 2018 and published on 4 December 2018.

Inspectors found that in some important areas of service delivery the City of Edinburgh Health and Social Care Partnership's performance had deteriorated.

When services were last inspected, in May 2017, inspectors had made 17 recommendations for improvement highlighting significant weaknesses in how services across the city were planned and delivered. However, at the follow-up, they found that the partnership's approach to addressing those recommendations had been reactive and short-term and had addressed individual recommendations rather than delivering an overall programme of improvement.

Inspectors noted: "The partnership had made some progress in areas such as improving the falls pathway, quality assurance arrangements, risk assessment and risk management planning."

"Overall, however, we found limited progress towards improving the outcomes and experiences of many older people. Key areas for improvement had not been progressed by the partnership. Many older people and their carers did not have the appropriate support when they needed it. It was still not uncommon for large numbers of older people to wait for lengthy periods before getting the support they needed."

"This included increases in delays in hospital discharge levels and in the number of people waiting for services."

"There had not been the necessary shift towards older people accessing services in the community."

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