As part of a pilot funded by Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care System, Hyndburn & Ribble Valley CVS (HRVCVS) has gone live with Elemental’s digital social prescribing platform to support their Social Prescribing Connector Team who engage isolated members of the community with non medical interventions.
The Elemental platform has been deployed across 16 GP practices so that GPs in four Primary Care Networks can make and manage social prescribing referrals to a team of five Social Prescribing Link Workers. The CVS and its partners within the community health and wellbeing ecosystem will be able to measure the uptake and impact of social prescribing locally, the impact it is having on the person, the community and on the health and social care system.
Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care System commissioned the Elemental social prescribing platform across parts of East Lancs CCG, West Lancs CCG and Fylde & Wyre CCG after comparing and reviewing different providers of digital technology in the social prescribing space.
The region is taking part in NHS England and NHS Improvement’s Population Health Management Development Programme, which is now being rolled out nationally. Elemental will be used as the digital enabler for the social prescribing programmes connecting Primary Care Networks, Social Prescribing Link Workers and Community, Voluntary and Social Enterprise Organisations.
A total of nine Primary Care Networks are using Elemental in the region to help deliver on their PCN commitments.
‘We love working with forward thinking ICSs like Lancashire and South Cumbria and we love being able to provide Hyndburn and Ribble Valley CVS with the technology to reach more people and continue to provide a personalised and empowering service. Population Health Management is an exciting space as it is where data meets community. The data that the CVS will collect will help connect partners from multiple sectors, understand patient needs and identify if and where there are gaps in service provision and delivery, with the overall objective of reaching more people. Jennifer Neff, CEO & Co-founder, Elemental
HRVCVS ( Hyndburn and Ribble Valley CVS) provides a holistic approach to health and wellbeing by successfully delivering their Connector + project. The Connector + project provides the provision of stepping stone groups, enabling members of the community to engage with local small group activities whilst empowering and supporting the development of confidence and resilience to adapt to local mainstream activities in the future. The Connector Team supports positive life changes by providing signposting to relevant community programmes, empowering and encouraging confidence, inclusion and independence.
In partnership with Hyndburn Leisure, HRVCVS has embedded the Volunteer Hub that provides opportunities for volunteers and a platform for people across the Borough to enhance skills in Education, Employment and Training.
HRVCVS has adopted Elemental’s digital social prescribing technology in a bid to reduce GP and A&E pressures and to support their Social Prescribing Connector Team who engages with isolated members of the community with non medical interventions, supporting positive life changes by providing signposting to relevant community programmes, empowering and encouraging confidence, inclusion and independence.
HRVCVS will pilot Elemental’s digital social prescribing platform over 3 PCNs across Hyndburn, Hyndburn Central, Hyndburn Rural and Ribblesdale.
“Elemental provides a system that allows GPs to refer into the programme via their own EMIS system. This streamlines the process and also ensures that the referring GP can check up on the progress of their patient after referring them to the Social Prescribing Team. Elemental has the ability to best connect the community for the benefit of local people” – Elaine Barker, Chief Officer, HRVCVS
Using Elemental, Hyndburn & Ribble Valley CVS can now identify the impacts of their services and programmes as well as:
- Connect and build communities they service
- Report comprehensively and effectively measure the key performance indicators and success factors
- Deliver efficient social prescriptions via a holistic system
- Enable the referral of patients into the Social Prescribing Programme via EMIS integration across all Hyndburn-based GP practices
- Embed other referral agencies into the digital social prescribing technology to ensure there is a one-system approach
- 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
“Our medical referrers will be able to see client journeys at will. Reporting will be accurate and a simpler process than exists currently and all groups will be able to feature their service on the platform for better connectivity. Clients will also be able to feedback on the provision they receive.” – Elaine Barker, Chief Officer, HRVCVS
“Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care System is taking part in NHS England and NHS Improvement’s Population Health Management Development Programme, which is now being rolled out nationally. Systems will share how the programme has changed the way they work, system behaviours and care provision. In Lancashire & South Cumbria we recognise that supporting people to stay well and to self-care in times of both health and illness is about much more than providing information; it’s about a true partnership between people with needs and people who can support those needs. Social prescribing provides that vital opportunity for our patients and public to access communities and services that can help them connect with others, find purpose, learn new skills and find the support they need. Digital tools are vital in making those connections and helping us to demonstrate the impact these connections can make, and as such we’re delighted to be working with Elemental to digitally support some of our social prescribing schemes.” Linda Vernon, Digital Leader, Lancashire and South Cumbria ICS
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