NHS to bring in rapid response community teams for the elderly

The BBC reports that new plans have been aired for rapid response teams of nurses, physiotherapists and care staff to be on hand within two hours to help sick older people at home. The teams will be piloted in seven areas this year, with the plan to roll out the model across the country by 2023.

Staff shortages will be a major obstacle to the introduction of the teams, according to unions. Furthermore, there is also concern that council social care teams that will form a vital part of these new teams have still yet to hear what plans are being put in place to reform care funding.

An overhaul of the system has been promised for years, but proposals keep getting shelved.

Full story BBC News, 23 January 2020