• assessment;
  • older people;
  • primary care;
  • health and social care;
  • multi-agency working;
  • policy analysis;
  • United Kingdom

Assessment of older people: politics and practice in primary care

This paper reviews some of the key policy changes in the United Kingdom in relation to older people that have influenced assessment practice across health and social care, and have implications for nursing within emerging primary care groups. The role of assessment in purchasing care packages raises tensions and paradoxes for health and social care professionals that the paper sets out to elucidate with particular reference to district nurses. The issues for nursing have not been well described previously and questions such as key accountability, rationing, multiagency and interprofessional working, and the consumer voice, are discussed.