DWELL half way point steering group meeting hosted by Arteveldehogeschool in Ghent

                                                      Last week some of the team were in Ghent for our half way point steering group meeting for Interreg 2Seas project DWELL. DWELL (Diabetes and WELLbeing) involves eight partners from the UK, Belgium, the Netherlands and France.

To read more about the project and the partners involved go to: http://www.healthandeuropecentre.nhs.uk/home-3/projects/current-projects-2/dwell-diabetes-and-wellbeing/

Transforming Integrated Care in the Community (TICC)

The 16th and 17th of May 2018 saw project partners meet in Lille for a steering group meetings; partners presented their progress and proposed solutions to potentiel problems.

Transforming Integrated Care in the Community (TICC) will create systemic change in health & social care, providing services that are better suited to our ageing population by addressing their holistic needs.

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EMPOWERCARE

EMPOWERing individuals and communities to manager their own CARE 

The 2Seas area is facing a common problem: rising demand for health and social care services by our growing older population creating a pressing need to find new approaches. In 2013 the over 65s made up 18.2% of the European population; 19.4% in France, 18.6% in Belgium, 18.7% in the Netherlands and 18.2 % in the UK. These figures are set to rise to a staggering 28.7% on average by 2080. With the cost of care for older people increasing it is necessary to integrate these groups more closely with their communities, keeping them healthier and in their own homes safely for longer. The challenge facing the 2Seas area is that we will run out of resources if we don’t change the ways citizens are involved in their own health and wellbeing.

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

Perinatal mental health

Perinatal mental illnesses affect at least 10% of new mothers and can have a devastating impact on them and their families. When mothers suffer from illnesses such as anxiety, depression and postnatal psychotic disorders it increases the likelihood of their children experiencing behavioural, social or learning difficulties and failing to fulfil their potential.

This project (PATH) is applying for funding from the Interreg 2Seas programme and will devise and pilot a range of services within local areas to ensure that women who are at risk of, or suffering from, perinatal mental illnesses are given appropriate support at the earliest opportunity. These services will support new mothers in their return to work and will have a clear cost benefit to them, their families and to health systems. Perinatal mental illnesses in the UK are estimated to cost society around £8.1 billion for each one-year cohort of births, with 72% of this cost relating to adverse, long-term  impacts on the child.

We have only just started looking for partners but already have interested organisations in the UK including KMPT, Plymouth MIND and the Institute of Health Visitors as well as Odisee and Karel de Grote University in Belgium.

Sexual health in the over 50s

People in their 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s are having sex with new partners but many don’t think safer sex applies to them, perhaps because they are past child-bearing age and/or because they have recently come out of a long-term relationship and haven’t had to think about safe sex issues for many years.

As a result, sexually transmitted infections are increasing in this age group. However many older adults missed out on safe sex education and the result is they are diagnosed with an STI when it is too late to benefit from the medications available for treatment of diseases in their early stages.

This project (SHIFT) is looking for funding from the Interreg 2Seas programme to raise awareness and knowledge of both clinicians and the general public so that attitudes are changed, the older generation is engaged and empowered through the provision of better information, and delivery strategies are improved.

This will lead to reduced rates of STIs, and therefore lower health care costs and a better trained healthcare workforce able to offer fit-for-purpose services.

We are actively looking for partners but already have interest from Medway Council, Canterbury Christ Church University, KCC, KentCHT, Brighton and Hove and the Metro charity in the UK as well as Eurasante in France and Vives in Belgium.

EDECT

EDECT logo

2014 – 2015 EDECT: Empowerment of Disabled People through Ethics in Care and Technology

This Interreg IVA 2 Seas project was a direct result of the success of two earlier projects – Dignity in Care (DIC) in Belgium and SYSIASS.

The outcomes from these two projects identified the importance of combining ethical practice with technological developments in order to best serve the needs of disabled people, their families and their carers.

EDECT provided exactly that bridge and Phase1of the project consisted of a conference and a  publication

Phase 2 took the project further, with a series of four pilots testing both the wheelchair developed in the earlier SYSIASS project and the ethical training programme created during the Dignity in Care project.

These pilots took place in Canterbury Kent, Gits The Netherlands, Lille France, and Lomme Belgium and a final report was produced.

For more information about this exciting project, or to download all the tools created by the partners, go to www.edect.weebly.com

Empowerment of Disabled People

October 2014. This conference was part of Phase 1 of the EDECT project. You can see the full programme and the presentations are listed below in order of appearance at the conference: