Call for proposals to evaluate: The Mid and East Antrim Agewell Partnership (MEAAP) IMPACT Project

Deadline: 31st January, 2017

The Dunhill Medical Trust (DMT) has recently awarded nearly £1 million to the Mid and East Antrim Agewell Partnership (MEAAP), for a new programme of community-based care and support for older people. MEAAP is a well-established community organisation with a track record in delivering projects which support older people, and the project is led by a consortium comprising community organisations, the Borough Council, Health and Social Care Trusts, Commissioning Group and Health and Social Care Boards.

The IMPACT (Involving Many to Prescribe Alternative Care Together) Programme seeks to deliver a wide range of activities, services and support programmes to a minimum of 1,100 people aged 70 years and over in Mid and East Antrim, through up to 13,200 funded “alternative care prescriptions”. Through the mechanism of Community Partnership Agreements, the services of GP practices, community pharmacists and staff from a range of community-based organisations and public care services will be co-ordinated by local health and well-being hubs.

DMT is now seeking proposals to work closely with the consortium to evaluate the project as it is rolled out across Mid and East Antrim. It is envisaged that the evaluators will meet with the consortium on an annual basis to assess:

  • The quality of the service being provided (against a set of measures to be agreed)
  • The impact the project is having on the health and wellbeing of the older people involved
  • The changes resulting from this type of partnership working
  • The impact the project is having on planning and budgeting within the Health and Social Care Trusts
  • The financial sustainability of the project after the end of the grant
  • The transferability of the project (initially within Northern Ireland but also across the other countries of the UK).

A summary of the project can be downloaded here.

It is expected that there will be a yearly evaluation resulting in a report giving detailed feedback and learning to the consortium with a fuller evaluation at the end of the project, (i.e. a request for 1 to 2 months of one FTE researcher for each of the 3 years) although alternative proposals which deliver the requirements are welcome.

Applications are invited for proposals up to £50,000 over three years. Completed applications forms are to be emailed to proposals@dunhillmedical.org.uk by 5pm 31st January 2017.

Applicants should read the Guidelines for Evaluation and our standard research grant policies before completing the application form.

All enquiries should be made to Mrs Sarah Allport, Director of Grants and Research, The Dunhill Medical Trust. Tel: 020 7403 3299. Email: Sarah.Allport@dunhillmedical.org.uk