Voices of Community Navigators – Enabling wellbeing through eHealth and Social Prescribing in Scotland

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUHI Staff/Student Research Conference 2018
StatePublished - 11 Dec 2018

Abstract

mPower is an INTERREG VA funded cross-border initiative, addressing demands on health and social care in seven partnerships across Scotland, Ireland and Northern Ireland. It provides its beneficiaries (aged 65 and over, with one or more long-term condition) with a social prescribing service, with co-produced personalised Wellbeing Plans, as well as eHealth interventions enabling self-management. 

This poster draws on qualitative interviews with local mPower staff in two locations in Scotland, conducted as part of the mPower evaluation. It explores the emerging themes of community, connectedness, agency, wellbeing and empowerment among beneficiaries of the programme. These are explored through the voices of community navigators who work with beneficiaries to connect them to community resources and support them in making use of eHealth technologies. The poster presents a picture of how social prescribing and eHealth can empower beneficiaries to take control of their own health.

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