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mPower Western Isles expands

The mPower project in the Western Isles have employed two new Community Navigators. The new team members are based in Uist and Barra, meaning that the project will now work across the wider areas and more people will have access to the support that mPower can provide.  

The new Community Navigators are NHS employees but based within local third sector organisations. In Uist the Community Navigator will work out of Cothrom in South Uist, a social enterprise delivering training and skills development to vulnerable groups. In Barra the Community Navigator will be based at Cobhair Bharraigh, an organisation providing support and care for the elderly within their own homes.

Martin Malcom, Head of Public Health Intelligence said: “We are delighted to be working with Cothrom and Cobhair Bharraigh. By working together we aim to best serve the local communities.”

New Discover Digital webinar 5th September

We will be hosting another webinar on Thursday 5th September at 10.30amDiscover Digital with Carmen Paputa-Dutu

Carmen will introduce this year’s Discover Digital event including key lessons learned from last year’s event. Carmen will share some of the specific feedback from older people around what matters to them when it comes to using digital technology. With an opportunity for questions and specifically to ask how creative engagement is so crucial to designing successful services, this webinar is sure to enlighten.

To register for the webinar and for joining instructions email [email protected]

1,000th eHealth intervention for mPower

The team have celebrated its 1000th digital health intervention, meaning the project is well on the way to delivering the targets set for the end of 2021. Daphne Nisbet, from Wigtownshire, is one of the 1,000 people who has been helped by the project and is successfully using Florence, a text-based medication reminder system to help her to take her medication as prescribed. Daphne was referred to the project earlier this year and after completing a Wellbeing Plan with her local Community Navigator, she agreed to give Florence a try. After an initial 6-week trial of Florence, Daphne was successfully taking her medication as prescribed. Daphne increased her independence, something which she has expressed is very important to her. Hear from Daphne in her own words here…

A new digital health intervention for South Leitrim

In South Leitrim HSE CH01, the Chronic Pain Management Team based in Sligo University Hospital referred 3 of their clients to mPower. They were interested in the possibility of being able to have a health consultation from the comfort of their own home and avoid having to travel to the hospital. The mPower team were able to set up them up with Attend Anywhere, a simple to use video calling tool for remote health appointments on their mobile device. All 3 clients gave positive feedback after each had a successful consultation with their clinician. The Sligo clinicians are very enthused by the results and have agreed to refer new clients living in the South Leitrim area who would benefit from using Attend Anywhere. Buoyed by this success the Respiratory Integrated Care Team in Donegal have undertaken Attend Anywhere training and plan to roll the service out there for clients in the near future.

Save the Date for the latest webinar

Home and mobile health monitoring – Wed 7th August 10am

Home and Mobile Health Monitoring is one of the Digital / eHealth Intervention options which the mPower project can utilise where appropriate. We are delighted to be joined for a webinar on 7 August at 10am on this topic by: Morag Hearty, Lanarkshire Technology Enabled Care (TEC) Programme Manager & Home and Mobile Health Monitoring (HMHM) Lead, TEC and Digital Healthcare Innovation, Scottish Government.

Morag will give a brief outline of the work being undertaken in Lanarkshire, Scotland, and will focus on dealing with the challenges of recruitment, engagement with key stakeholders and recognising and celebrating successes. The webinar will be delivered live and recorded for on-demand viewing. It will feature on this website shortly after within the Webinar section.

To register for the webinar and for joining instructions email [email protected]

Supporting International Social Prescribing Day

mPower’s Community Navigators are using Social Prescribing every day to give people better choices about how they can connect with their local communities. Social interaction can positively impact our health and well-being, but often people don’t know what is available locally or how to access groups and resources. The mPower teams give project beneficiaries the information they need as well as signpost them to relevant services. Beneficiaries are then able to make positive choices to get involved with whatever interests them, whether that be an art class, gardening group, choir or becoming a volunteer.

Statistics show that people often see their doctor or healthcare professional for social problems and welfare advice. For these people, social prescribing can help to improve quality of life, emotional state and general well-being, as well as reducing levels of depression, anxiety and social isolation. Social prescribing can also play an important role in tackling many of the social causes of ill health and provide support to patients living with chronic diseases.

Our teams will be out and about today, Thursday March 14th to help spread the word about what the mPower project can offer – both through Social Prescribing and Technology Enabled Healthcare (TEC).

Increasing knowledge with learning events

The most recent learning event held last week in Enniskillen saw over 80 guests learn how they can get involved with mPower. During the last six months, around 400 guests have attended learning events hosted by project partners in Sligo, Letterkenny, Drogheda, Newry and now Enniskillen. All events have proved a huge success and generated great enthusiasm about the project.

The events were attended by community and voluntary organisations and a wide range of health and social care professionals. Attendees learned how they could participate in the mPower project. Guest speakers delivered presentations and case studies demonstrating how social prescribing can empower older people to live more independent lives and how Technology Enabled Care (TEC) practices are supporting older people to remain in their own homes for longer.

mPower exceeds targets

In 2017, when funding was granted to the mPower project by SEUPB, an eHealth target was set for the end of 2018. The goal was to give 700 people access to eHealth tools to support their health and wellbeing. At the end of 2018 we were delighted to congratulate our partners in exceeding targets and achieving 760 eHealth actions.

We are delighted to have contributed to SEUPB’s own programme targets and to have met and worked with so many citizens who are reaping the benefits of mPower. The achievements are a testament to the hard work and determination of all the local deployment teams to engage their services and establish productive relationships with colleagues. They have been supported by the expertise of our core teams in designing an mPower project that makes an impact at local levels.  

We have three more exciting years to explore, develop and collaborate with citizens to achieve improved self-management of health and wellbeing.

First mPower webinar now available

An important part of the mPower project is to deliver webinars on topics relevant to the project and which provide specialist guidance.

The first webinar has been recorded and is now available. In this 25-minute webinar, Anna Terje from the University of the Highlands and Islands explains the aims and objectives of the mPower evaluation, focusing on the key role of Community Navigators as data collectors. Aimed primarily at Community Navigators, the webinar details how beneficiary questionnaires should be administered in order to ensure the consistent and ethical collection of data.

For staff who are undertaking other service evaluation they would also find the information and guidance useful.

View the Community Navigator Evaluation Questionnare Webinar.

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New report provides mPower with a framework for use of mobile health apps

The Digital Health and Care Institute (DHI) in Glasgow have now published the ‘Report on International Practice on Digital Apps’

The aim was to identify a potential framework to inform how mPower can best develop its approach to mobile apps. The report was commissioned by mPower in 2017 to provide a landscape review of what was available internationally.

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