Adoption and scaling of social prescribing across North Wales continues as HWB Dinbych goes live with Elemental Software

BETSI CADWALADR UNIVERSITY HEALTH BOARD IS COMMITTED TO HELPING BRIDGE THE GAP BETWEEN SECTORS, SERVICES, AND THE COMMUNITY SO THAT MORE PEOPLE ARE ABLE TO ACCESS THE NON-MEDICAL SUPPORT THEY NEED, WHEN THEY NEED IT AND HOW THEY NEED IT.

Denbighshire is the most recent county in North Wales to adopt Elemental’s digital social prescribing technology in a bid to reach and engage more people in HWB Dinbych’s Art for Health project.

HWB Dinbych is providing a holistic approach to health and well being across North Wales through a range of support services for local people from in and around the Denbigh area. The centre, managed by Grŵp Cynefin, is a partnership project with Denbighshire County Council’s youth services and housing departments, Grŵp Llandrillo Menai, and Denbigh Youth Project.

The primary aim of HWB Dinbych is to increase training and employment opportunities locally, achieved by working closely with local businesses, setting up self-employment initiatives, developing local enterprise opportunities, and supporting people into further learning.

Their new social prescribing project, Art for Health,  provides an opportunity for people to learn and develop their art skills in an informal environment. Groups are no larger than 10, which creates a relaxed atmosphere that helps the group to chat and get to know each other.

In June, HWB Dinbych started an online art project, where individuals received an art pack and a step by step guide from art teachers to their door step. 

Participants were offered a Zoom call or a phone call every week and the project launched an online community on Facebook. 

Face to face art courses convened in September following strict social distancing rules with an impressive 100% attendance rate.

HWB Dinbych is planning on expanding its social prescribing timetable by adding additional art sessions, a walking group, and a yoga class in the next couple of weeks.

“Grwp Cynefin is delighted that we can re-start the arts for health project through our continued partnership with Betsi Cadwalader, this will ensure that we continue to support our clients through this invaluable social prescribing project.” – Elain Lloyd, HWB Dinbych Co-ordinator, HWB Dinbych

USING ELEMENTAL, HWB DINBYCH CAN NOW EFFECTIVELY EXPAND AND MEASURE THE IMPACTS OF THEIR NEW PROJECT AND SERVICES AS WELL AS:

Connect people to classes suited to their needs

Embed a clear referral pathway and provide support when it’s needed

Evaluate, evidence and report on the impact of a referral for an individual or across a cohort and demonstrate outcomes through monitoring tools and reporting

Reduce avoidable GP appointments and NHS service escalations, saving time, cost and resources

Easily manage everything from within Elemental’s platform, meaning a seamless and simplified user journey

“There is growing research which evidences the positive role of art in improving mental wellbeing, so to see the partnership between Bwrdd Iechyd Betsi Cadwaladr and Grŵp Cynefin evolve and ensure the roll-out of this prescribing project in Denbigh is fantastic. We know that communities will benefit from this new service massively and we’re excited to see the impact reports and watch the project expand.” – Jennifer Neff, Elemental Co-Founder, and CEO

Visit the HWB Dinbych website to find out more.

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