mPower is an INTERREG VA funded programme to support older people, and is one of 60 cross-border funding programmes across the European Union. NHS 24 are the Lead partner, and the Special European Union Programme Body (SEUPB) are the managing agents.
The aims of the mPower project will enable older people to live well, safely and independently in their own homes, supported by a modernised infrastructure for healthy ageing. mPower will champion a preventative approach to care, supporting societal change by empowering more people to self-manage their health and care in the community, through the use of Social Prescribing and eHealth interventions, reducing unnecessary presentation to primary care.
The project will result in improved health and wellbeing for citizens, delivering 7,000 additional episodes of health, community and social care on a cross border basis, over a 5-year period.
Key project objectives are to;
The project will principally target citizens in the 65+ older people at risk age group with one or more long term condition.
A new, cross border ‘mPower’ operational service will be established to deliver outputs across three participating countries, and seven deployment sites. The service will be a hub and spoke construct, with a core project team and seven local deployment teams.
In addition, the project will deliver an Improvement and Support Programme for project staff, community sector and primary care staff, thereby facilitating shared learning, service improvement and transformation.
The cross border added value of the mPower project is delivered through:
As well as a focus on individual components of social prescribing and eHealth interventions, the project is also looking at the opportunities to develop Digital GP Practices, and Digital GP Practice clusters, to hothouse ehealth elements of Primary care delivery, maximising digital contribution to traditional models of care.
Permission to start was granted in June 2017. Recruitment of the core project team, as well as local deployment teams has now commenced, with a plan to introduce the first beneficiaries to the service early 2018.
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