National evaluation of Partnerships for Older People Projects

Windle, Karen, Wagland, Richard, Forder, Julien , D'Amico, Francesco, Janssen, Dirk and Wistow, Gerald (2009) National evaluation of Partnerships for Older People Projects. Project Report. PSSRU, University of Kent, Kent.

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Executive Summary of the National evaluation of the Partnerships for Older People Projects final report.
Appendices including measurement tools and method documentation of the National evaluation of Partnerships for Older People Projects final report.
POPP_Final_Report.pdf - Whole Document

POPP_Executive_Summary.pdf - Abstract

POPP_Appendices.pdf - Supplemental Material

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Executive Summary
The Partnership for Older People Projects (POPP) were funded by the Department of Health to develop services for older people, aimed at promoting their health, well-being and independence and preventing or delaying their need for higher intensity or institutional care. The evaluation found that a wide range of projects resulted in improved quality of life for participants and considerable savings, as well as better local working relationships.

• Twenty-nine local authorities were involved as pilot sites, working with health and voluntary sector partners to develop services, with funding of £60m
• Those projects developed ranged from low level services, such as lunch-clubs, to more formal preventive initiatives, such as hospital discharge and rapid response services
• Over a quarter of a million people (264,637) used one or more of these services
• The reduction in hospital emergency bed days resulted in considerable savings, to the extent that for every extra £1 spent on the POPP services, there has been approximately a £1.20 additional benefit in savings on emergency bed days. This is the headline estimate drawn from a statistically valid range of £0.80 to £1.60 saving on emergency bed days for every extra £1 spent on the projects.
• Overnight hospital stays were seemingly reduced by 47% and use of Accident & Emergency departments by 29%. Reductions were also seen in physiotherapy/occupational therapy and clinic or outpatient appointments with a total cost reduction of £2,166 per person
• A practical example of what works is pro-active case coordination services, where visits to A&E departments fell by 60%, hospital overnight stays were reduced by 48%, phone calls to GPs fell by 28%, visits to practice nurses reduced by 25% and GP appointments reduced by 10%
• Efficiency gains in health service use appear to have been achieved without any adverse impact on the use of social care resources
• The overwhelming majority of the POPP projects have been sustained, with only 3% being closed – either because they did not deliver the intended outcomes or because local strategic priorities had changed
• PCTs have contributed to the sustainability of the POPP projects within all 29 pilot sites. Moreover, within almost half of the sites, one or more of the projects are being entirely sustained through PCT funding – a total of 20% of POPP projects. There are a further 14% of projects for which PCTs are providing at least half of the necessary ongoing funding
• POPP services appear to have improved users’ quality of life, varying with the nature of individual projects; those providing services to individuals with complex needs were particularly successful, but low-level preventive projects also had an impact
• All local projects involved older people in their design and management, although to varying degrees, including as members of steering or programme boards, in staff recruitment panels, as volunteers or in the evaluation
• Improved relationships with health agencies and the voluntary sector in the locality were generally reported as a result of partnership working, although there were some difficulties securing the involvement of GPs

Keywords:Older people, prevention, early intervention, diversion from hospital care
Subjects:L Social studies > L410 UK Social Policy
L Social studies > L431 Health Policy
L Social studies > L400 Social Policy
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Health & Social Care
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