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Educational implications of the National Service Framework for older people: A brief report

Mirza, Maryam, Wattis, John and Sparks, Geoff (2004) Educational implications of the National Service Framework for older people: A brief report. Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Research and Practice, 1 (1). pp. 37-44. ISSN 1743-6885

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This paper gives a short account of qualitative research undertaken with a large
variety of stakeholders in the early days of the National Service Framework (NSF) for
Older People. The aim of the work was to explore the educational needs arising from
the NSF and to inform developments in education designed to address these needs.
The study identified generally positive views on the NSF but few relevant training
activities. There was a strong opinion that the elimination of age discrimination
should be a major target and that cross agency and multidisciplinary training would
be particularly helpful. The size of the staff groups involved, the need to address
those who did not specialize in older people’s care (but nevertheless spent a lot of
time with older people), the generally fragmentary knowledge of the whole care
system possessed by those working in parts of it and service pressures were seen as
obstacles to training. A number of key areas for further progress were identified
including the following:

• Mental health, palliative care and intermediate care

• Addressing the needs of staff not specializing in care of older people

• Increasing the health awareness of older people themselves

• Identifying leaders for developing specific education in each
service area

• Developing guidelines and milestones to measure progress

• The need for an ongoing educational “campaign”

• Pervasive education to eradicate ageism, starting in schools.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
School of Human and Health Sciences > Ageing and Mental Health Research Group
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Depositing User: Graham Stone
Date Deposited: 26 May 2009 10:55
Last Modified: 29 Mar 2018 15:30


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