Headlines: March 11th, 2002

The pace of change in intermediate care is reflected in a joint venture between the British Medical Association (BMA), Age Concern and the King’s Fund.In recognition of how important this topic is becoming for the smooth operation of the NHS, the three bodies are contributing to a one-day conference on the subject in London next Monday, March 18.

The lack of quality intermediate care in England’s social care system is a key factor in the ‘bed blocking’ of hospital facilities by older people who are fit enough to leave hospital but not yet well enough to return to caring for themselves at home.

The conference will explore who can benefit from intermediate care, how it should be organised and funded and will share good practice from successful existing schemes. The event is geared towards GPs, nurses, consultants in medicine for the elderly, occupational and physiotherapists and social workers.

Last week the Government announced how it was to direct an extra 66 million pounds of funding to improve the care of older people, and the first project to win funds was the provision of 1300 more intermediate care beds.

Health and social work professionals who wish to register for the conference should contact the BMA/BMJ conference unit on 020 7383 6663 email confunit@bma.org.uk