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Integrated Care Programme for Older Persons at SUH

On Thursday 19th January a joint workshop was held between staff of HSE Community Healthcare Organisation Area 1 (CHO 1)and Sligo University Hospital (SUH) on the Integrated Care Programme for Older Persons (ICPOP).  The workshop was co- facilliated by representatives from CHO 1/ SUH ICP OP Implementation Team and the National ICPOP.

The ICPOP is based on a ten step framework, the central objective of which is to integrate existing services and develop new community based care models to  improve health and social services for older persons in our society. This is achieved through  joint working between all agencies and in particular between acute hospital services and  community services. The aim of the workshop was to commence mapping of existing resources and to inform an action plan for 2017 for older persons services across CHO 1(commencing with Sligo/Leitrim) and SUH.

Dr Siobhan Kennelly clinical lead on the national programme updated the attendees on the national ICPOP.  Speaking at the workshop she stated “By 2021 there will be an extra 136,000 people aged over 85 than today. Another way to think about this: we’ll add roughly 20,000 more people aged over 75 every year for the next 20 years.” * Planning around how to meet their needs now is essential if we are to sustain vital health and social care services.  The support of local implementation of integrated solutions to older persons care using population based planning such as those being developed and delivered across CHO 1 and SUH is key to the approach being use by ICPOP as a national programme”.

Frank Morrison, Head of Social Care Division for CHO Area 1 introduced the workshop by stating “this is a wonderful opportunity to inform the 2017 action plan with regards to older persons services and to identify what are the main priorities in driving this framework forward in order to improve upon the delivery of integrated care to older persons across both the acute hospital sector and the community
Jo Shortt, Senior Project Manager at SUH spoke on the achievements to date with regards to joint working across CHO 1/SUH stating “Today is about linking current service provision to greatest need, with a focus of keeping our older persons out of hospital where appropriate and safe.  Where patients require admission, we need to ensure that our expert team can assess and treat this patient group as quickly as possible to reduce hospital stay and improve our patient outcomes.  Working together across hospital and community will be crucial to this”

The workshop consisted of interactive sessions and group discussion.  Staff were present from across HSE acute services, Primary Care, Home Support/Home Care, Respite/Daycare and Residential care services. There were also a number of older persons advocates and representatives present from the community and voluntary sectors who are involved in the provision of services to older persons.