Every year, Age UK publishes a briefing on the health and care of older people in England. Internally, it is thought of as a stock take or “state of play” for NHS and social care services, helping to better understand how well those sectors are doing in meeting older people’s needs.
Age UK were due to publish this year’s version within weeks of the coronavirus pandemic shutting down most of the country. The NHS shifted to full-blown crisis mode while social care, and in particular care homes, found themselves at the centre of an unfolding disaster. The state of play had shifted.