Health services join to host Respiratory Care knowledge and learning event

21/10/2019

Health services join to host Respiratory Care knowledge and learning eventLast week in Enniskillen the mPower project hosted a joint cross border event for over 50 clinicians and health professionals across HSE, SouthernTrust and Western Trust. The event which explored the delivery of Respiratory Care best practice, pathways and technology aimed to provide information, education and shared experience of effective Respiratory Care whilst integrating eHeath interventions, treatment and self-management.

The mPower project is a cross border project funded by the EU’s INTERREG VA programme. The aim is to support older people with long-term conditions or chronic illnesses to live well, safely and independently in their own homes. The project operates in specific areas within the Republic of Ireland / Northern Ireland border region and in Scotland.

The host partners introduced the topics and talked about how mPower can support Respiratory Care. This was followed by Respiratory Care experts from NHS Scotland Highlands and Ayrshire and Arran presenting their successes and challenges in integrating eHealth solutions into clinical practice. The afternoon saw productive workshops facilitated by Kelly McGrogan and Paula Burns, Programme Managers at NSS.

Event participants were invited to identify key stakeholders and working in groups develop ‘personas’ depicting that individuals’ journey through respiratory services. They then highlighted the opportunities where technology could support the processes, systems or people involved.

mPower is specifically targeting those over 65 years of age, living with long-term conditions or chronic illnesses within the project areas. mPower is part of the CAWT Partnership suite of EU INTERREG VA funded cross border projects in the Ireland/Northern Ireland border region and  includes Sligo, South Leitrim and Finn Valley as well as Drogheda and Carrickmacross for the HSE, South Armagh and Newry for Southern Health and Social Care Trust and Fermanagh for Western Health and Social Care Trust. The key aspects are to connect older people to supports and services available in their communities, according to their interests and helping them manage long term conditions for example. COPD or Diabetes among others.

The event was very positively received by all, giving them the opportunity to learn from previous practice and experience of using digital health technology elsewhere to deliver quality improvements.

Michelle Duffy, Advanced Practice Respiratory Nurse from NHS Highland, one of the speakers at the event said “It was brilliant to feel so much enthusiasm from staff, with everyone there focused on wanting to improve services for older people with chronic conditions.  There’s nothing like that to give me a bit of motivation to continue to try new ways of working. We had the warmest welcome and it was so valuable to hear from other areas who are happy to share their learning with us. Staff shared generously and it’s a definite two-way process - I feel I took away more than I brought.”

One clinician who attended said “It was a great day, not only did I get to meet others doing similar work and learn from their experiences, but the workshops meant I could go back to the team with an actionable plan!”

Peter Walker, mPower’s Business Lead for Ireland said “ What’s great about the mPower project is how we approach change from a dual perspective, we work directly with beneficiaries to support them personally but also ensure we are working within the clinical setting to support change and transform services to embed digital health technology”.

Overall the mPower project is valued at €8.7million, of which €3.5 million has been secured from the EU’s INTERREG VA programme for 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, and the Southern Health and Western Health and Social Care Trusts in Northern Ireland.
 
Over the next 2 and half years mPower ‘Community Navigators’ will continue to work with people referred from health and social care services to develop health and wellbeing plans, connecting them to activities in their community as well as to health and well-being technology designed for home and mobile use. Over the course of the project, which started at the end of 2017 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.

Please see mPower web site for further details:   https://mpowerhealth.eu

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