mPower Festival

The 2-day mPower Festival was held in Belfast at the end of April 2022, and welcomed over 500 attendees both in-person and virtually. The shared learning event saw 90 speakers from the three jurisdictions deliver 19 sessions to celebrate the success of the mPower project overall, and share learning around why it was so successful.  

The conference was attended by a people in a wide range of roles ranging from senior stakeholders and policy professionals across the three governments, to health and social care professionals including GPs, GP practice staff, primary care teams, managers and senior clinicians. There were also attendees from the third-sector and community groups, all of whom work with older people living with a long-term condition.  

All of the presentations and sessions from the festival can be viewed below. 

View the mPower Festival Programme

Welcome – Margaret Whoriskey and Damien McCallion & Keynote from Cat Macaulay

mPower Impact and Evaluation – Ann Coyle

1a Diversity of social prescribing connections – Jonathan Patchell

1b – mPower in partnership with clinical services – Bill Forbes

1B – mPower in partnership with clinical services – Cheryl Breen

1c – mPower response to a pandemic – Jacqueline McDevitt

Panel Discussion with Q&A: Added Value of Cross Border working – Gina McIntyre

2a – mPower in partnership with community organisations – Fiona Murphy

2b – Where next for mPower’s digital health themes – Professor Mike Scott

2c – The Community Navigator Role – Gerard Rocks

Plenary session – Mental Health of Older People – Vincent Ryan


Welcome  & Keynote – Sean Moynihan

Plenary session – The Critical Role of Community and Voluntary Sectors – Sally Dyson

3a Community Digital Hubs – Rachel Bourke

3b – mPower in Partnership With Commercial Suppliers – Morag Hearty

3c – Shared Learning – Moving Knowledge Not People – Michele Bekmez

4a – Embedding Video Enabled Care – Cara O’Neill

4b – Digital Literacy: Engagement & Champions – David McNeill

4c – Care Homes and Digital Connections – Rodd Bond

4c – Care Homes and Digital Connections – Sarah Cottingham

Keynote – Tommy Whitelaw & closing thoughts from Gerard Rocks

Additional Resources

HSE – Community Weight Programme for Adults – Pilot in CH01 – Presentation from mPower Festival

Highland Hospice – Project ECHO in Scotland