SALFORD CVS HAS PARTNERED WITH ELEMENTAL TO ASSIST IN THE DELIVERY OF A NEW PROGRAMME OF WORK WHICH WILL DEVELOP AND EMBED PERSON AND COMMUNITY-CENTRED APPROACHES WITHIN THE HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE SYSTEM.
CONNECTING TO COMMUNITY ASSETS
Aiming to improve the health and wellbeing of people and communities in Salford, Salford CVS is working in partnership with Elemental to support the delivery of the social prescribing model which will link statutory health and care provision to VCSE groups and activities.
Working on a neighbourhood footprint, Community Connectors work with individuals to refer them to local organisations and groups with the aim of improving their wellbeing, and ultimately reducing the demand for secondary and primary health and care services.
Using Elemental’s social prescribing platform, 45 GPs within the area will now be able to make instant social prescribing referrals to non-medical sources of support within the community such as cookery classes, community choirs, falls prevention programs, mental health support and debt advice.
BUILDING CAPACITY IN THE COMMUNITY
In support of the social prescribing approach and to ensure there are services and groups to connect people into, part of the programme will help build capacity within the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector. Wellbeing Matters supports organisations to increase voluntary activity around wellbeing by working with local community groups to support wellbeing activities. A social and added value approach is embedded throughout the programme to achieve wellbeing outcomes across the system.
REPORTING ON RESULTS
The cloud-based solution will also allow key stakeholders to track and monitor the impact of a referral in real time, enabling accurate reporting and collaborative working between primary care and the community, voluntary and social enterprise sector.
Wendy Ryan, Person and Community-Centred Approaches Programme Manager at Salford CVS said “For us, one of the key things was having a system that was easy and quick to refer into. The reporting feature in Elemental was also a big factor as we wanted to be able to create a strong evidence base which would demonstrate the impact of our programmes and services. Elemental’s functionality in terms of ease of use and accessibility makes it simple for Community Connectors, clinicians and staff to make instant social prescribing referrals.”
Over the next two years, almost 2,500 individuals across Salford will be referred to community-based programmes and services which will aim to improve their health and wellbeing.
Salford CVS is another trailblazing organisation already practising what the NHS Long Term Plan has set out with regard to the goal of having at least 900,000 people supported by social prescribing by the year 2024.