harp-2Back in December 2016 I shared a blog called ‘Creating HARP’ which told the story of how we have moved from condition specific rehabilitation classes to a multi-morbidity approach across Ayrshire and Arran. Since then the team and our participants have worked hard to embed the approach and evaluate its impact.

Delivered across four tiers the Healthy and Active Rehabilitation Programme (HARP) is designed for people living with cancer, cardiac or pulmonary conditions, stroke, diabetes or a high risk of falls, and at least one other condition. Since November 2015 hundreds of people have come through our doors and 21 volunteers have joined our team as Activity Friends. It has been a whirlwind and led to developments we never even imagined so we’re keen to share our approach and demonstrate our impact.

Given the nature of our programme we have looked at the “First Full Year” of HARP i.e. our activity and the outcomes achieved between November 1st 2015 and October 31st 2016. These are summarised in the infographic below.

HARP Logo Infographic Oct 2017

In more recent months we’ve worked with colleagues at Ayrshire College to learn about Walking football and to support their staff and students to understand the needs of people with multiple health conditions.  This is a reciprocal opportunity which expands the number of activities we have on offer locally whilst supporting the development of our future workforce. You may also have seen us on social media. We’ve now got a twitter account (@AAA_HARP) and a Facebook page (NHS Ayrshire & Arran Cardiac Rehab and HARP) Both of these accounts appeal to clients using our services and they allow us to quickly and easily showcase our impact. Take a look at some of our featured client videos and let us know what you think.

Whilst we will continue to develop our service we hope that HARP itself will become an embedded approach to rehabilitation across Ayrshire and Arran and beyond.

If you’d like to know more please get in touch with me at: Jane.Holt@aaaht.scot.nhs.uk


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