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Primary Care Funding Initiative

Formative Evaluation of the Joint Community Participation Primary Care
Funding Initiative 

The Initiative is a Joint Demonstration Funding Initiative initiated in 2008 by the Combat Poverty Agency and the Consumer Affairs Department of the Health Service Executive (HSE), in collaboration with the Directorate for Primary, Community and Continuing Care in the HSE.

The purpose of the Initiative was to support and enable disadvantaged communities and groups to participate in local primary care teams and networks that are being developed in the context of the primary health care strategy, Primary Care: A New Direction and the National Strategy for Service User Involvement in the Irish Health Service 2008-201. It is anticipated that learning from the Initiative will inform the ongoing implementation of these Strategies and, in particular, the policy commitment to establish five hundred primary care teams by 2011.

A call for applications under the Initiative was issued in mid-July 2008, with a deadline for completed applications in mid-September. A total of 54 applications were received and 19 were accepted for inclusion in the Initiative. Work programmes and contractual arrangements were agreed with all by the end of 2008 with projects funded in the region of €10,000-€15,000.  Key areas of activity supported under the Initiative included:

  • Developing and supporting community representative infrastructure to feed into  Primary Care Teams/Networks

  • Developing joint plans between the HSE and community groups to support  community participation in Primary Care Teams/Networks using participative methodologies

  • Training and support for primary care teams on community participation.

The Community Action Network provided technical support to the funded projects. The funded projects were encouraged to network at national events. 

This formative evaluation of the Joint Community Participation in Primary Care Funding Initiative was conducted by Dr Jane Pillinger. It was launched at a showcase event in Dublin Castle in May 2010 by the Minister for Health and Children Mary Harney TD and Professor Brendan Drumm, CEO of the Heath Service Executive.

Executive Summary of the Evaluation: Open in PDF format

Information on Funded Projects: Open in PDF format

Full Evaluation: Open in PDF format

For more information on the Initiative, visit the HSE website.

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