Dalriada Pathfinder model presented at PPI conference

Personal and Public Involvement (PPI) is the active and effective involvement of service users, carers and the public in health and social care services.

This year’s PPI conference entitled ‘Involving you, improving care: our involvement story’ was delivered in partnership by Queen’s University, Belfast, Public Health Agency and the British Psychological Society and Division of Clinical Psychology.

The conference explored the impact of involvement and the contribution it makes to health and social care.

It was an opportunity to share practice and identify future possibilities to further embed Personal and Public Involvement into our health and social care services.

Lee Wilson, Assistant Community General Manager, presented the Dalriada Pathfinder Model and the Living Well Approach at the conference. This is an innovative piece of work being taken forward within the Trust’s Community Care Division in partnership with the Moyle Community, local GPs, Local Commissioning Group, Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, Integrated Care Partnership, Age NI and Public Health Authority.

Lee along with Pamela Craig, Assistant Director, Denise Quinn, Lead Occupational Therapist and Eileen Irwin, Senior Practitioner Nurse, accompanied local GPs and representatives from Age NI, Moyle community and the Health and Social Care Board on a visit to NHS Cornwall where this programme has been developed

Lee said, “The Living Well programme aims to move people away from unscheduled use of health and social care which is typically characterised by unplanned acute admissions and emergency department attendances, frequent crisis management in both health and social care and inappropriate use of health services often as a social crutch.

“The Dalriada Pathfinder model aims to change service user behaviours towards a more planned use of services and greater engagement with health and social care services over the long term.

“The model is unique as it targets service users who are currently or at risk of becoming high consumers of health and social care. It seeks to reduce this as well as flattening out what otherwise may be future peaks in the use of health and social care services, for example around crisis points.

“The Community Care Division continues to take forward the fundamental element of change for the Living Well approach. The next step is to complete case findings using a risk model in partnership with GPs. This is targeted towards people with specific long term conditions, social isolation and/or a social care package. The model is presently being piloted in the Moyle, Ballycastle and Rathlin areas.”

29th June 2016

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