The “Partnership for Older People Projects” (POPP) programme was funded by the Department of Health to create a sustainable shift in the care of older people, moving away from a focus on institutional and hospital?based crisis care toward earlier and better targeted interventions within community settings. The programme began in May 2006 and was completed in April 2009, with a total of £60 million available to 29 pilot sites. The individual sites were selected by a process of competitive bidding to the Department of Health by individual local authorities, together with local health and third sector partners (voluntary and private organisations), for the establishment of innovative projects focused on improving the health, well being and independence of older people. In all, 19 pilot sites were funded in the first year to cover two years (2006?08) and a further 10 were funded in the second year, also for two years (2007?09). It was an underpinning principle that older people should be involved at all levels of the pilot projects, from planning through to dissemination.\ud This final report of the national evaluation brings together findings from across the 29 sites, the 146 core projects set up within them and data gathered from numerous clinical, statutory, strategic and operational staff, as well as the participating older people themselves. Building on interim and annual reports and specific outputs from the different parts of the overall evaluation, it presents the evidence on the extent to which the programme succeeded in achieving its aims
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