Improving the Wellbeing and Quality of Life of Older People in the UK by Making Systemic and Sustainable Shifts Towards Prevention: A Partnerships for Older People Projects Case

By Bob McClelland.

Published by The Diversity Collection

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The Partnerships for Older People Projects (POPP) is a £60m programme led by the UK Department of Health to establish a number of innovative pilot projects to test the effectiveness of different models of preventative approaches. The aim is to assist the wider health and social care community make the strategic shift towards prevention, which UK government policy now sees as a priority. The POPP programme is seen as a very important test bed for the preventative shift that the UK wider health and social care community is expected to make in future years. There is a particular commitment to extracting the learning from a range of project pilots and disseminating this as effectively as possible to the wider health and social care community. The first round of the POPP programme started in 2006 where 19 partnership bids were selected from a field of 144 bids that were received. Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) was selected as the evaluator for the two year POPP programme run in Knowsley, Merseyside near to Liverpool, UK. This paper examines the opportunity to test a range of different approaches for making a systemic and sustainable shift towards prevention with reference to the Knowsley case. These approaches encompass a range of new models of service and mental health areas, all of which are potentially replicable and all of which are designed to shift the balance of services away from high level needs towards earlier, preventative interventions.

Keywords: Wellbeing, Quality of Life, Older People, Mental Health, Intervention

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 7, Issue 1, pp.147-156. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 934.909KB).

Dr. Bob McClelland

Reader in Educational Technology, Faculty of Business and Law, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, Merseyside, UK

Bob McClelland has worked in the UK Higher Education sector for 33 years. He is currently a Reader in Educational Technology and a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society. Initially a Chemist he has lectured in Analytical Science at undergraduate and postgraduate level. For the past eighteen years he has lectured in Business Statistics, Decision Making, Management and Research Methods to undergraduates, postgraduates (MA, MBA and executive MBA), Doctoral students and professional courses in Business. He is Programme Manager of the Masters in Enterprise and Masters in Business Improvement, a Faculty Enterprise Champion and Head of the Centre for Market Research Technologies at Liverpool John Moores University. Bob’s research is based upon corporate learning, utilizing new and emerging technologies and evaluation of projects. He has written several textbooks and has published widely on Learning and Teaching technology issues in Business Education. He undertakes a range of consultancy activities for enterprises, local and national government (more recently in Health), and supervises twenty doctoral students in the UK and overseas. He is also a visiting Professor to an MBA/Doctoral programme in Ramkhamhaeng University, Thailand.

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