Practice guidance

Ban on age discrimination

The Home Office has published guidance to support the introduction of the ban on age discrimination.

The Department of Health has developed an audit tool for achieving age equality in health and social care. The Scottish Government's Directorate for Health and Healthcare Improvement has supported this work, collaborating closely with colleagues in England and Wales.

Best practice

Healthcare Improvement Scotland has published a number of best practice statements including:

NICE has produced guidance on occupational therapy and physical activity interventions to promote the mental wellbeing of older people in primary care and residential care.

Age UK has published Promoting Mental Health and Well-being in Later Life: A guide for commissioners of older people’s services.

The Age UK website provides a range of resources for professionals who work with or for older people as well as research evidence on topics including health and wellbeing.

The Scottish Human Rights Commission has developed training and awareness raising resources relating to the care and support of older people.

To improve services to young people Walk the Talk’s seven step audit provides a checklist to guide service practice for young people. Fear of a lack of confidentiality creates a barrier to young people deciding to access services. The Confidentiality checklist from Walk the Talk sets out steps to improve confidentiality and reassure young people.

Case Studies

The Well Scotland website, the national mental health improvement resource, provides a number of case studies which highlight initiatives targeted at older people.

Visit the Young people pages of our website for an insight into current health improvement practice with young people.

Equality and human rights in practice: A guide for practitioners and commissioners of services for older people sets out a description of 15 examples of projects provided by Age UK and the organisation’s partners that have been successful in promoting equality and human rights.

Updated April 2015

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