The Dalriada Pathfinder Project is an example of co-production where a range of individuals in the Moyle area came together to create true, equal partnerships to find very real and practical solutions to help people live well in their own community. The Project focuses on personal outcomes helping people to take control of their own lives, which is supported by and contributing to strong local networks. The project design was shaped by everyone involved.
PPI helped the project to
- Identify local strengths;
- Increase ownership;
- Improve wellbeing scores for people;
- Reduce hospital and social care costs;
- Improve morale of staff;
- Improve cross sector and community integrated working.
In the Moyle area, there was much public opposition to the temporary closure of a local hospital. This was the starting point to bring together partners to form the Dalriada Pathfinder Project. This ground up approach helped to identify the partners and provided the opportunity for an assets focused approach, where everyone can bring something to the table and the importance of their input is acknowledged.
A range of individuals in the Moyle area were brought together to find very real and practical solutions which help people to live well in their own community. Using an asset-based approach, a number of engagement events provided the opportunity for the conversation to begin with the local community to find out and share what is available in the area, to identify local strengths and listen to the experiences of locals.
The service model identifies people at greatest risk living in the local community. A trained Living Well Coordinator uses motivational interviewing techniques to hold a goal orientated conversation with the person to meet the aspirations they have for their life. The Coordinator then puts in place a pathway for the individual, which focuses on person centred support which is facilitated through a multi-disciplinary meeting. This approach promotes connections between statutory care and community based services and identifies and links community assets including volunteers. Dalriada Pathfinder promotes healthy communities by mobilising volunteer support to help people become more physically and socially active in their community.
Local people generate the volunteer base, Age NI support the volunteers and GPs and local health and social care teams identify the people who can benefit from the approach. Local people are shaping the service to ensure it matches local need and they are facilitating links across into local business and schools to generate cross sectoral support and engagement.
Aim of involvement
- To find out and share what is available in the area, to identify local strengths and listen to the experiences of locals;
- To bring together a range of individuals to create true, equal partnerships to find very real and practical solutions which help people to live well in their local community;
- To help people at an individual level by involving them to become more physically and socially active in their community.
Outcomes due to involvement
The Dalriada Pathfinder has helped to mainstream and reinforce commitment to co-production and the local community has become partners with the local Health and Social Care Trust. The project is subject to a robust evaluation and measures have been agreed with local people to determine how the project is making an impact on the lives of local people.
Feedback/quotes from partners involved
Lee Wilson, Assistant Community General Manager, outlined; “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.”
Pilot project 2015 – current
For further information, contact:
Lee Wilson (Assistant Community General Manager)
Northern Health and Social Care Trust