About Plan P

This 2.5 year flagship project will have three components.

Evidence: where we will work on building and understanding the evidence-base around prevention for this group, including bringing key people together to debate and address some of the evidence gaps. In years one and two we produced an evidence summary and a set of prompt cards aiming to make messages from the evidence accessible to practitioners. Examples of preventative interventions and case studies from the literature are being collated as a resource that will be shared during year three. The project has an advisory group that meets each quarter to discuss the project. At each meeting the advisory group records a roundtable discussion on a relevant topic. Each discussion is broadcast as an IRISS.FM episode.

Implementation: where we will work in partnership with a group of older people and community members. The work will draw on evidence form the literature as well as the lived experience of the group. The group will explore the natural assets within their community and work together to design and test a new preventative activity or intervention.

Engagement: which will involve sharing the learning from the project and will look at prevention in a universal rather than targeted sense. For example, we will engage with the wider community in our implementation site to explore community connections more generally. We will also explore how the prompt cards are bing used and whether there is evidence of impact on outcomes for older people. We will promote use of the cards to stimulate awareness and discussion amongst health and social care practitioners. A key part of the engagement component will be linking into various professional and community groups with a stake in prevention, including the Scottish Third Sector Roundtable on Prevention and the Scottish Parliament Age and Social Isolation Inquiry.


Project outcomes

  • Greater understanding of what prevention means for the ageing population and the associated challenges and issues
  • Awareness of current preventative and early intervention strategies that have been used in this area and their relative effectiveness
  • Gaps in evidence and critical challenges/questions are surfaced and explored to enable key players to come together to be able to fill these, with a view to refining prevention strategies and improving preventative practice
  • Practitioners have experience of implementing a preventative approach in practice
  • Greater understanding of policy/practice transfer in this context is achieved and these lessons can be shared and generalised to other types of interventions
  • Improved outcomes for people and communities directly taking part in the implementation component
  • Innovative ideas are sourced through direct engagement with older people and communities and this allows our thinking to be more fully informed by their views
  • We contribute to public debate and understanding of the issues around prevention
  • We contribute to and support the overall systemic movement towards preventative practice in social support and care.



The project will benefit from an advisory group drawn from policy, practice and older people themselves. Many of the advisory group discussions have been recorded and you can listen to discussions ranging from ‘what does prevention mean?”‘ to ‘How can we effectively enage with harder to reach older people?’ as part of our IRISS.FM audio recordings. These are avalible on the Resources page of this blog.

Current members of the advisory group are:

  • Sarah Currie (Programme Manager, SCVO)
  • Gerry Power (National Lead for Coproduction and Community Capacity Building, JIT)
  • Audrey Taylor (Education Projects Manager, NES)
  • Glenda Watt (Strategy Manager, Edinburgh City Council)
  • Irene Weeden (Development Officer, Moray Council) (until February 2015)
  • Derek Young (Policy Officer, Age Scotland)
  • Agnes McGroarty (Vice Chair, Scottish Seniors Alliance)
  • Betty Milton (A City for All Ages Advisory Committee)

2 thoughts on “About Plan P”

  1. I am writing a paper on the need to identify the oldest old and feel this is a topic worthy of debate. I am very interested in this project and would therefore like to be on the mailing list

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