Developing a health ecosystem

Do Something Different is a central partner in a major €5.6m EU Horizon 2020/Taiwan Government funded project.

The Do Change project is developing a health ecosystem for integrated disease management of citizens with high blood pressure and patients with ischemic heart disease or heart failure.

Do Something Different’s behaviour change methods will be integrated with wearable and portable tools used to monitor food and fluid intake, and clinical parameters.

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Transforming care homes

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Dutch Care Home provider, Evean used Do Something Different as the starting point for transforming its care culture.

The approach was based on research that suggests that a participatory client who thinks about their own care and plays an active role in decision-making is more likely to be cognitively engaged.

Carers were encouraged to make the resident the expert, asking for their advice about their own care. Or seeking their opinion on a news topic.

Mike Dorst, the Consultant driving the project at Evean explained:

“We want our staff and volunteers to approach every resident as an individual with different needs, rather than with the idea that there’s a list of things that need to happen.”

Step by the step, the programme encouraged a new approach from staff, which had a huge effect on residents and kick-started the desired culture change through action.

Evean are now rolling out the programme to all 5,500 staff in the Netherlands.

Other projects have included:

  • Self-management of diabetes
  • Healthy weight
  • Safeguarding for vulnerable families
  • Young adults resilience and wellbeing
  • Smoking cessation
  • Happiness
  • Managing stress
  • Healthy habits

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We love to work with partners. Working with healthcare organisations and their communities on joint projects helps us to create interventions that get right under the skin of the change required. Perhaps we could work with you too?

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