Guy from Positive Ageing Associates has a lot of experience of innovation in preventative approaches for older people.
Partnerships for Older People Programme (POPP)
As National Programme Manager, Early Intervention and Prevention at the Department of Health until 2010, Guy led the support to the £60m Partnerships for Older People Projects (POPP) programme. This was an innovation programme working across 29 local authority sites with the aim of testing out effective preventative interventions. Guy played a leading role in:-
• Organising the extraction and codification of learning from the programme
• Briefing Ministers and the Director General on the learning from the POPP programme
• Developing the methodology for ‘whole system change workshops’ to support health and social care systems to make a strategic shift in their work on prevention.
• Co-leading the deployment of numerous whole system change workshops
• Co-leading the Dept of Health commission to establish a predictive risk tool for social care
• Leading the establishment of the cross Government (DCSF, DH, DWP, DCLG, Cabinet Office) inter-generational pilot programme entitled “Generations Together”
Guy wrote various publications which outlined the learning from the POPP programme:-
- Making a strategic shift to prevention and early intervention
- An outline of service elements from the pilot sites
- Improving care and saving money
These documents contain learning about prevention which is still relevant in the current context.
Positive Ageing Associates were commissioned by the Early Action Funder’s Alliance to undertake a literature review of early action schemes across the UK, to draw learning from best practice and remain informed of existing and emerging schemes which may be of relevance to its work.
The report: Making a strategic shift towards early action, written by Guy Robertson from Positive Ageing Associates provides an analysis of schemes which have sought to affect a long-term shift in statutory funding towards early action and away from crisis spending. It provides information about what works in affecting long-term systemic change and assesses three tools for change – Social Impact Bonds; Local Integrated Services Trusts; and System Modelling.