Orthopaedic-geriatric co-care in national policy

Orthopaedic-geriatric co-care in national policy

Orthopaedic-geriatric co-care in national policy

UK Policy

In 2009, the Department of Health for England advocated adherence to the professional standards for orthopaedic-geriatric co-care presented in the ‘Blue Book’ consensus guideline on the care of patients with fragility fracture. The systematic approach to hip fracture care and prevention described in the policy document is illustrated in the ‘pyramid’ below. The Department of Health subsequently introduced the ‘Best Practice Tariff’ (BPT) for hip fracture, which links a financial incentive to quality of care at the level of the individual patient. Details of the BPT are available from the reimbursementsection of this website.

DH Prevention Package Pyramid

Reproduced with kind permission of the Department of Health in England.

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