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Additional funding announced for community based care

2020-02-05
Chief Executive Valerie Watts announces funding for the IMPACT Agewell iniative in Mid and East Antrim
Chief Executive Valerie Watts announces funding for the IMPACT Agewell iniative in Mid and East Antrim

A partnership programme providing community-based care for frail older people in the Mid and East Antrim area has secured additional funding for the next five years.

The IMPACTAgewell® initiative is led by Mid & East Antrim Agewell Partnership (MEAAP), working alongside local GP practices, community pharmacists, Northern Health & Social Care Trust social work teams, commissioners and the community/voluntary sector to prescribe alternative care to people over 70.

Funded by the Dunhill Medical Trust since April 2017, the programme will now receive additional funds from Dunhill Medical Trust and the Health and Social Care Board until 2025.

Since its establishment over 1,000 older people with long-term health conditions have been supported by the programme.

“We work with older people to develop health and wellbeing action plans addressing the many things that might affect them, such as accessing transport, heating their home, not understanding their medications, securing support to better manage their health conditions, or help with claiming the benefits,” said Deirdre McCloskey, MEAAP Project Co-ordinator.

The funding announcement was made at MEEAP’s “Sharing our Learning” event in Kells by Valerie Watts, Chief Executive of the Health and Social Care Board, who said: “I am so impressed by how the collaboration and partnership working between the various partners, including the Northern Local Commissioning Group, has produced such worthwhile results.

“After positive evaluation findings and the ongoing commitment from Dunhill Medical Trust, the Health and Social Care Board has agreed to provide funding to secure the IMPACTAgewell® project for the next five years.

“This is fantastic news for older people and the Trust in Mid and East Antrim and will enable the roll out of IMPACTAgewell on a phased basis to cover all 26 GP practices in the Mid and East Antrim area.”

Susan Kay, CEO of The Dunhill Medical Trust, congratulated MEAAP and all the partners involved in the initiative.

“This fantastically energetic partnership has met all of its considerable challenges with positivity and commitment.  It has demonstrated that it really doesn’t matter whether services are owned by the public, private or third sectors – the imperative is that those sectors need to find ways to work together seamlessly to benefit the community.  We are delighted to be able to continue to play our part.”

Those attending the event were treated to a live performance from the Boogie Bouncing Over 50’s Ladies Group from Ballymena, and heard from keynote speaker Sir Harry Burns, Professor of Global Health at the University of Strathclyde, who shared his passion for empowering communities to be actively involved in creating and indeed delivering health solutions.

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