Western Trust Part of Multi-Million Pound Health Project


Western Trust Part of Multi-Million Pound Health Project

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


An €8.7million cross-border project has been launched, which is 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. Of the €8.7 million, €3.5 million has been allocated to the border counties of the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. This allocation to the border areas has been secured by the Co-operation and Working Together (CAWT) Health and Social Care partnership and the project partners which are the HSE, the Southern Health and Social Care Trust and Western Health and Social Care Trust.


Funded by the European Union’s INTERREG VA Programme and managed by the Special EU Programmes Body, ‘mPower’ aims to empower patients to take control of their conditions at home by using technology, while simultaneously freeing up GPs and other healthcare professionals so that they can treat more people.


Shona Robison, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport in the Scottish Government, joined public and other partners from Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland to announce the project launch at an event in Edinburgh this week.


Commenting on the Trust’s involvement, Chief Executive, Anne Kilgallen said: “The Trust is delighted to be a partner in the mPower project, along with partners in Ireland and Scotland. This project will utilise both innovative technology and social support to enable our older citizens to manage their health and wellbeing in their own communities and homes. This project complements and supports the direction of the Trust. It is about supporting people who are living longer, often with long-term health conditions to be able to remain at home and connected to their community for as long as possible.”


CAWT’s Chief Officer, Bernie McCrory said: “I’m delighted that we in CAWT have supported all those involved in the mPower project to secure this valuable investment for the border region of Ireland and Northern Ireland. We look forward to working with NHS 24 in Scotland as the lead partner for the project and to seeing the benefits mPower will add to people’s lives and to the future of health care.”


Speaking at the official launch of the project Gina McIntyre, CEO of the SEUPB said: “I am delighted to be able to share in the launch of this novel cross-border project which will help thousands of older people across Scotland, Ireland and Northern Ireland live longer with more confidence in their own homes and communities.”  She added: “It also reflects larger scale EU health and social care policies in relation to the promotion of e-health based initiatives, by helping citizen’s manage their own health and well-being through the use of innovative technologies.”  


The project will be implemented in the Western Health and Social Care Trust area of Lisnaskea in Co Fermanagh.


From late 2017 to December 2021, mPower ‘Community Navigators’ will be employed to work with people referred from health and care services to develop wellbeing plans connecting them to activities in their community as well as to new technology to enhance support for health and wellbeing. Over the course of the project, mPower will support a total of 2,500 people through the development of wellbeing plans, and a total of 4,500 people through technology / eHealth interventions.