PATHways to improving perinatal mental health…

Becoming a new parent should be an exciting time however for up to one in five women this isn’t the case. Perinatal mental illnesses such as postnatal depression are not always recognised and cost society approximately €74 000 per mother and child. 

PATH is a newly EU-funded project which will enable women, families and healthcare professionals to prevent, diagnose and successfully manage mild and moderate perinatal mental health issues. 

This cross-border initiative involves thirteen partners from France, Belgium, the Netherlands and the UK. PATH will prepare parents pre-birth for their new role and help them avoid PMI. The project will improve the skills of healthcare professionals equipping them to address PMI confidently and effectively. PATH will innovatively design, deliver and implement new, durable services both online and face-to-face, aiming to increase recognition and prevention of PMI and support new families’ mental wellbeing. 

PATH has been awarded more than €5 million of European funding to this €8.5 million partnership. 

Sophie McGannan from the Health and Europe Centre, who are Lead Partner on PATH, said “10-20% of women suffer from mental illness following birth and up to a year after, of which around 90% of these women do not receive the support they need. 

The PATH project will deliver a multi-media campaign to raise awareness of and de-stigmatise PMI and promote prepared parenting, reaching 600,000 people across the 2Seas area.”

“Through this project we will produce a suite of online resources and face-to-face training for health professionals in order to increase their confidence to recognise PMI symptoms and provide appropriate care. Alongside this will be resources for employers, helping them to support the return to work of new mums.” 

PATH will also develop a new online multi-media international support hub, a course of support sessions for 4000 new families in mixed groups of pre-pregnant/pregnant/parenthood and a ground-breaking new model of holistic family support. This model will include peer supporter training and network of intergenerational community support groups to increase recognition and understanding of PMI and enable greater community support to new families. 

Interreg 2 Seas: http://www.interreg2seas.eu/ 

Interreg 2 Seas 2014-2020 is a European Territorial Cooperation Programme covering England, France, the Netherlands and Belgium (Flanders). The Programme is part-financed by the European Regional Development Fund and has a total of €241m (£203m) ERDF to co-finance projects in the 2014 – 2020 period.

CONTACT:

Sophie McGannan, Project Manager, sophie.mcgannan@nhs.net 

SHIFTing views on sex for the over 45s!

People don’t stop having sex in their forties – but they don’t always like talking about it.  However, they really should – sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are on the rise amongst adults. To reverse this, we need to get people engaged and talking, so they can access services and continue to look after their sexual health into middle age, and beyond.

SHIFT is a newly-approved EU-funded project aiming to do just this, linking organisations acrossthe South East of England, France, Belgium and the Netherlands. The projectwill engage with those over 45, developing a tailored sexual health & wellbeing model, supported by training programmes for sexual health professionals and the wider workforce. Studies reveal major changes in sexual behaviour over the last century, including increasing numbers of sexually active older people. The over-45s at risk are generally those entering new sexual relationships after a period of monogamy, often post-menopause (when pregnancy is no longer a consideration, but little thought is given to STIs).

Studies in and beyond Europe (eg. the World Health Organisation’s Sexual Health Throughout Life) highlight the need for older people to have better access to sexual health support and care. The correlation is clear between this gap in services and the rise in sexually transmitted infection rates. 

Partner research has shown that groups experiencing one or more socio-economic disadvantage, such as homelessness, sex workers, non-native language speakers, and migrants are at even greater risk of being unaware of their sexual health and unable to access the appropriate services. 

SHIFT was approved and funded by the EU Interreg 2Seas programme 2014-2020 (co-funded by the European Regional Development fund) and has secured more than €2.5 million of European funding in its €4.2 million partnership involving 11 organisations from the UK, The Netherlands, France and Belgium. 

Sophie McGannan from Lead Partner, the Health and Europe Centre, said “the objective of SHIFT is to improve the sexual health and wellbeing of people aged 45 and over, empowering them to participate in sexual health services, with an additional and 

specifically adapted focus on socio-economically disadvantaged groups across the 2Seas area.”

“A sexual health and wellbeing model to engage with people aged 45+ will reach 150,000 relevant people across the 2Seas area and increase awareness by 50% about sexual health issues. SHIFT will aim to reduce stigma and increase engagement with sexual health services amongst this group.” 

“The tailored strategy will reach 40,000 people experiencing socio-economic vulnerability and will create a network of links with organisations who work directly with these groups to ensure increased awareness about the specific approaches required when discussing sexual health.” 

SHIFT will also develop two sexual health and wellbeing training programmes for sexual health professionals and for the wider workforce improving both awareness and confidence in addressing the subject with these groups. 

Interreg 2 Seas: http://www.interreg2seas.eu/ 

Interreg 2 Seas 2014-2020 is a European Territorial Cooperation Programme covering England, France, the Netherlands and Belgium (Flanders). The Programme is part-financed by the European Regional Development Fund and has a total of €241m (£203m) ERDF to co-finance projects in the 2014 – 2020 period.

About The Health and Europe Centre:

The Health and Europe Centre work in partnership with local NHS and government stakeholders to bring innovation and investment to the health sector.  We are unique in our focus of facilitating international learning and accessing EU-funded projects for the benefit of our local stakeholders.

CONTACT:

Sophie McGannan: sophie.mcgannan@nhs.net 

2 newly approved Interreg projects: PATH 2 and SHIFT

We are delighted that two more of our projects have been approved for funding by Interreg 2Seas.

PATH 2 has secured more than €5 million of European funding in its €8.5 million partnership involving 13 organisations from the UK, The Netherlands, France and Belgium and will enable women, families and healthcare professionals to prevent, diagnose and successfully manage mild and moderate PMI (perinatal mental health issues) via radical systemic change, developing an inclusive, holistic health structure: demand driven and co-created with existing patients and expectant/new parents.

To read more about PATH 2 go to: http://www.healthandeuropecentre.nhs.uk/home-3/projects/current-projects-2/path/

SHIFT has secured more than €2.5 million of European funding in its €4.2 million partnership involving 11 organisations from the UK, The Netherlands, France and Belgium (see below for partner details) and the project’s objective is to empower people aged 45+ to participate in sexual health services and to improve their sexual health and wellbeing, with an additional and specifically adapted focus on socio-economically disadvantaged groups across the 2Seas area.

To read more about SHIFT go to: http://www.healthandeuropecentre.nhs.uk/home-3/projects/current-projects-2/shift/

The TICC annual conference 2019 at Ageing Fit in Lille

On the 29th and 30th of January, we joined out TICC (transforming integrated care in the community) partners at the Ageing Fit event in Lille to promote the project and hold its annual conference. The TICC stand drummed up plenty of interest from all over Europe, including a number of SMEs who were interested in how our partners in Kent and Medway have been able to integrate the Dutch Buurtzorg model in the UK.

The TICC annual event, a conference entitled “The Dutch Buurtzorg model of holistic neighbourhood care is going global across the 2Seas region”, was held on day two of Ageing Fit. Partners including Buurtzorg, Public World, KMPT and Soignons Humain presented their experiences. Follow @2SeasTICC on Twitter to find out more about the project.

Partners from La Vie Active, the Health and Europe Centre and Eurasanté man the TICC stand at Ageing Fit.
Public World presented lessons from the UK when it comes to adopting Buurtzorg.

ADAPT project events – Save the dates!

The ADAPT project started in January 2017 and will finish in June 2021. It is cofinanced by the European Regional Development Fund within the framework of the INTERREG VA France (Channel) England programme. The project focuses on four main topics:

  • Smart and connected Electrical Powered Wheelchairs (EPW)
  • An EPW Simulator platform using virtual reality
  • Training of healthcare professionals in assistive technologies/social assistive robotics
  • Formalised agreements between research institutions and companies

ADAPT will be represented at two up-coming events:

IROS Workshop, October 2018, Madrid, Spain
“Assistance and Service Robotics in a Human Environment: From Personal Mobility Aids to Rehabilitation-Oriented Robotics”

“Assistive Robotics & Everyday Life” Conference, December 7th 2018, Rennes, France

For more information on the ADAPT project go to our website: http://www.adapt-project.com/index-en.php?p=upcoming  Or search for #ADAPTproject on Twitter.

 

Transforming Intergrated Care in the Community (TICC)

Transforming Integrated Care in the Community (TICC) has secured more than €4.8 million of European funding in this €8 million cross-border partnership involving 14 organisations from the UK, France, the Netherlands and Belgium. The project was approved and funded by the EU Interreg 2 Seas Programme 2014-2020 (co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund) which has supported the project over four years.

TICC will create systemic change in health & social care, providing services better suited to our ageing population by addressing holistic needs. It will present a methodology to overcome blocking points in transferring socially innovative service models from one area to another. This will be tested via the implementation of the Buurtzorg integrated care at home model which consists of self-managing teams of 12 staff working at neighbourhood level handling every aspect of care & business. This model significantly reduces the back office, simplifies IT & coaches rather than manages, providing better outcomes for people, lower costs, fewer unplanned hospital admissions & consistency of care. TICC will enable other health/social care organisations to implement new ideas; increase staff productivity, recruitment and retention as well as improving patient satisfaction & decreasing costs, emergency admissions and staff absences. It aims to postpone the moment when residential or end of life care is needed.

To read more about TICC go to: Transforming Intergrated Care in the Community (TICC) – Buurtzorg International