Specially trained “older person’s nurses” should lead improvements in care on wards with significant numbers of elderly patients, according to the Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust public inquiry report.
A large proportion of the patients neglected at Stafford Hospital were older people who needed complex care.
Inquiry chair Robert Francis QC says the needs of this growing patient group should be recognised urgently, and outlines how care could be led by a newly created role.
The “older person’s nurse” will require specialist training and will take the lead role in nursing of this group, the report notes.
It will not be a requirement for all nurses working with older people but the aim is to move away from this area of care being seen as a “backwater” and to give it a “status in accordance with its proper social importance”, it says.