Prof. Molloy is currently working on a four year project (2019 - 2023) with 35 partners from 8 European countries on a Horizon 2020 funded project titled SHAPES - Smart & Healthy Ageing through People Engaging in Supportive Systems aims to create an open Ecosystem enabling the large-scale deployment of digital solutions for healthy and independent living addressed to older individuals who face reduced functionality and capabilities. 

The SHAPES Innovation Action intends to build, pilot and deploy a large-scale, EU-standardised open platform. The integration of a broad range of technological, organisational, clinical, educational and societal solutions seeks to facilitate long-term healthy and active ageing and the maintenance of a high-quality standard of life. Mediated by technology, in-home and local community environments interact with health and care (H&C) networks contributing to the reduction of H&C costs, hospitalisations and institutional care.

SHAPES Large-scale Piloting campaign engages more than 2000 older individuals in 15 pilot sites in 10 EU Member States, including 6 Reference Sites of the European Innovation Partnership (EIP) on Active and Healthy Ageing (AHA), and involves hundreds of key stakeholders to bring forth solutions to improve the health, wellbeing, independence and autonomy of older individuals, while enhancing the long-term sustainability of health and care systems in Europe.

Prof. Molloy brings vast experience in developing, validating and digitizing instruments for measuring cognition in the older adult. This experience enables Prof. Molloy to be involved in 4 of the 10 work packages in the consortium; work package 2 (Understanding the Lifeworld of Older Individuals and Improving Smart and Healthy Living) work package 3 (Organisational, Structural and Sociotechnical factors for the SHAPES Ecosystem), work package 6 (Pan European Pilot Campaign) and work package 10 (Outreach and Awareness Generation).

Specifically in Work Package 3, Prof. Molloy is providing expertise in the development of ecological organisational models, the delivery of improved integrated care across Europe, the definition of policy-making guidelines, SHAPES governance model and SHAPES user requirements.

In Work Package 6, Prof. Molloy is involved in the “Pan European Pilot Campaign Plan, Knowledge Model and Evaluation Methodology” task while also hosting piloting activities for the “Smart Living Environment for Active Ageing at Home” task. He is also working on the “Caring for Older Individuals with Neurodegenerative Diseases” task. In Work Package 10, Outreach and Awareness Generation, Prof. Molloy contributes to the online presence, the delivery of dissemination activities and SHAPES Awareness Campaigns.

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On October 29, 2020, one of Prof. Molloys project partners, Carus Consilium Sachsen GmbH, hosted the 2nd SHAPES Dialogue Workshop, which focused on integrated care and user perspectives.

With a total of 124 registered participants and an average of 60 participants connected during the day, the virtual workshop was a dynamic and well-attended event that brought together the SHAPES consortium and stakeholders from across Europe.

The workshop, which was fully accessible, began with YouTube sessions covering the key challenges in the area of integrated care. Participants were able to exchange during the sessions via a live chat. These covered SHAPES work in the field of integrated care, including reflections on the challenges for implementation and how SHAPES will contribute to tackling them.

The workshop included four parallel interactive workshops, organised four times simultaneously to allow participants to join all of them. These sessions in the small format allowed participants to contribute to discussions with their own experiences and knowledge. The variety of participants and a good mix of both SHAPES partners and external stakeholders allowed for fruitful exchanges of views.

These parallel discussions addressed four topics:

1) Good Practice Examples of Integrated Care, Lessons Learned and Future Concepts;

2) User Perspectives on Integrated Care;

3) Scaling up solutions for integrated care;

4) Disrupting Disintegration – Constructing a new mindset for caring.

The outcomes of these discussions are available in our Workshop Summary.

The Dialogue Workshop was a great opportunity for SHAPES to explore new ideas and practices, facilitate exchanges and discuss our work within the consortium and with externals. Organised following a 4-week SHAPES awareness campaign in social media under the hashtags #SHAPESDialogue and #IntegratedCare, the workshop contributed critically to SHAPES efforts to gain visibility in the landscape of European health and care initiatives.

This was the 2nd of a total of 8 Dialogue Workshops that Shapes will be organising during the project lifespan. The next is set to take place in April 2021, hosted by the University of Castilla-La Mancha (Spain), on the SHAPES Technological Platform.

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Another project partner, SciFY, has been working on SHAPES Pilot 2 – “Healthcare System for Cognitive and Physical training”. In this pilot, they will work on improving in-home and community-based care, providing an appropriate home setting for those needing care through a specialised nursing service.

SciFY is working closely with the Pilot Leader AUTH from Greece and other SHAPES partners involved in this task, to prepare crucial elements before the kick-off, namely:

    – Describing in detail “who we are working for” so that we do not lose focus. Therefore, we are creating “personas” describing SHAPES end-users;

    – Setting a common language for partners and participants, so that we are all “on the same page” and understand each other. Therefore, we are describing the “scenario definitions”;

    – Deciding the expected benefits for the end-users and how we will measure success. Therefore we are describing the Key Performance indicators (KPIs);

    – Describing how digital solutions will work and perform. Therefore we are detailing functional and technical specifications.

Pilot leaders are providing useful feedback to enhance the user experience and presenting solutions that address users’ problems in a more comprehensive manner and that will allow us to achieve the best outcome from SHAPES users.