GMC launch online tool to help doctors care for elderly


The General Medical Council (GMC) has launched a new online resource to support doctors in their day-to-day care of older patients.

The GMC, an independent regulator of the UK’s 260,000 doctors, has worked closely with partner organisations, including the British Geriatrics Society and Age UK, to create ‘Better care for older people’.

The resource gives practical advice, including from leading clinicians, on how to put older patients first and use GMC guidance to handle their clinical, emotional and psychological needs.

At the core of the resource is a series of videos featuring interviews with older patients, to share their experiences of dealing with doctors to their feelings of being pushed aside due to their age  – as a strong reminder of placing the patient at the centre of care.

Niall Dickson, Chief Executive of the General Medical Council, said: “We know that care of older people in this country is too often not good enough – doctors have a key role in devising and providing treatment, co-ordinating care and in overseeing the whole process – we hope these learning materials will stimulate discussion and help to support doctors working with older people.”

Professor John Young, National Clinical Director for Integration and Frail Elderly for NHS England said: “Doctors must be prepared to play their part in a modern health care system that provides skilful, compassionate and joined-up care for people who have a multitude of health conditions. It is good to see the GMC is doing work to support doctors in this area.”


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