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Supporting Older People’s Resilience through Assessment of Needs and Outcomes

What we are doing:

The SOPRANO study is investigating how the services and support available to older people can help to promote resilience in later life. We are particularly interested in services providing ‘that little bit of help’ older people may need to maintain independence or bounce back from setbacks and illnesses. We are talking to older people, the organisations providing support, and those who commission services to provide an overview of how the whole system works. We aim to improve joined up care for older people by identifying which aspects of the current processes and relationships are working and which need to change. By interviewing a wide range of older people, organisations, and commissioners we will be able to provide a comprehensive account of what happens in the East Midlands which will then be shared with relevant stakeholders to improve practice and the lives of older people.

Why are we doing it:

Maintaining health and independence is a priority for many older people living in the community. A focus on wellbeing and health promotion for older people aims to prevent, reduce or delay the need for NHS or social care. At the moment, people may miss out on support or services because they fall between the gaps where services are not ‘joined up’ or coordinated. For support in the community, the third sector (charities, voluntary and community organisations as well as social enterprises) could play an important role in addressing lifestyle health factors, but these are frequently not coordinated with other parts of the system, for example the NHS, social care and other agencies.

What the benefits will be:

This research will lead to improved delivery of health and social care through coproduction of a ‘menu of what works’ guide in prevention and health promotion. We will have stakeholder events about six months before the end of the study followed by targeted activities to support the use of the research findings in regional services.

Who we are working with:

In the SOPRANO project we are working with a wide range of stakeholders across the whole of the East Midlands region. This includes Clinical Commissioning Groups, Community and Voluntary Services, East Midlands Later Life Forum, Local Authorities, healthcare professionals, academic partners, members of the public and third sector providers of services for older people, including:

  • North Derbyshire Voluntary Action MHA
  • Voluntary Action Northamptonshire
  • Nottingham Community and Voluntary Service Self-help UK
  • Vista; Leicester Ageing Together partnership
  • Community Lincs; Talk Eat and Drink partnership

Study lead:

Professor John Gladman, Professor of the Medicine of Older People, University of Nottingham


Yvonne R Simpson