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€20m funding announced for 122 Sláintecare projects

Minister for Health Simon Harris has announced the successful applicants for the €20 million Sláintecare Integration Fund.

Over 477 projects applied to the fund and 122 projects from across the country were successful.

According to the Department of Health, successful projects meet the goals outlined under Sláintecare, demonstrating “innovative ways” in which citizens can engage in their own health;  representing best practice in the management of chronic diseases and caring for older people, and; encouraging “innovations in shift of care” to the community or promoting hospital avoidance.

Projects listed as receiving funding include ’telemedicine for CF’ (Galway University Hospital), smart triage of kidney and lung transplant patients (Beaumont Hospital and Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Dublin), and ‘integrated care for older people – model for falls prevention and management’ (community healthcare organisation 1 and Sligo University Hospital)

Minister Harris made today’s announcement in Fatima Groups United Family Resource Centre, which was successful with its project ‘Dublin 8 social prescribing project’. The project will strengthen the links with existing healthcare practitioners in health and social care services, and expand community programmes that respond to people’s needs within the area covering issues such as stress and anxiety, exercise and healthy eating, education, and social Integration. The project will also deliver a comprehensive evaluation that illustrates the need for social prescribing on a national basis.

Another initiative to receive funding, ALONE B Connect, is a national project that aims to facilitate older people staying healthy in their homes for longer. ALONE B Connect will combine technology and expanded community services to support elderly people at home. d0 List Ta

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