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District nursing road show

The CPHVA is holding a ‘District nursing at the crossroads’ roadshow in Belfast on Wednesday, 10 December to give district nurses an opportunity to debate the future of their profession. The roadshow will discuss the importance of maintaining people independently in their owns homes as pressure increases on acute hospital beds and district nurses’ pay. The roadshow is also visiting Glasgow, Manchester, London and Cardiff. To obtain tickets contact the CPHVA on 020 7939 7052/7045 or email:
£100m for older people’s services
The Government has announced a £100m funding boost for older people's services for 2004-05. The extra cash will ensure that overall councils will be given an extra £775m for adult social services next year, a 8.2 per cent increase.
Health Secretary John Reid said councils will be given nearly £320m to improve performance on assessment times and delivery of services for local people.
’With increased freedom comes increased responsibility. Many of the key targets for older people's services, particularly those on receiving assessment and services promptly and reducing delayed discharges from hospitals, are backed up by tough performance indicators,’ he said.
From January, a new system of reimbursement of the NHS for the cost of delayed discharges will provide councils with a further incentive to invest in older people's services. Social services will be required to demonstrate improvement on a range of targets to contribute to councils' overall performance ratings.