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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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mPOWER LAUNCHES MULTI-MILLION POUND HEALTH PROJECT

Transforming the lives of older people in Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland

Today (23 November 2017) marks the launch of an €8.7million cross-border project designed to enable older people with long term conditions (LTCs) to take the steps needed to live well, safely and independently in their own homes.

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PROJECT LEAD APPOINTED FOR €8.7M EU-FUNDED CROSS-BORDER PROJECT TO TRANSFORM OLDER PEOPLE’S HEALTH SERVICES

A project lead has been appointed for the €8.7million cross-border ‘mPower’ project, which aims to enable older people with long term conditions (LTCs) to take the steps needed to live well, safely and independently in their own homes by self-managing their own health and care in the community.

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