World Health Day

World Health Day 2022

World Health Day

Improving the health and wellbeing of communities is at the heart of why Elemental exists. Of course we want to ensure our voluntary sector is protected, our public services are more efficient and patient outcomes are continuously improved, but it is ensuring people are healthier and happier, is why we do what we do.

 

So as we celebrate World Health Day today, Elemental continues to believe that putting people and their values at the centre of their care, is the best way to achieve healthier communities and happier patients.

 

Social prescribing affords people a level of control over the decisions being taken about their healthcare, that traditional healthcare routes is unable to provide. Giving people choice on the activities they can partake in so that they can improve their mental health, combat social isolation, receive sound advice to eradicate debt, is all far more beneficial and cost effective than simply, and only ever, medicating every 30 days.

 

Whilst healthcare can be complicated depending on an individuals’ circumstances and diagnosis, social prescribing is an incredibly simple way of ensuring patients are physically comfortable, safe and supported with wraparound emotional and wellbeing support. This can be provided by friends and family, but also by the community and voluntary sector at large.

 

Right now, in towns and cities across the UK, charities and voluntary groups are doing amazing work to improve the health and wellbeing of vulnerable and socially isolated people in their communities. Their role in the UK healthcare landscape is often overlooked and underappreciated. For Elemental, our view is that they need to be celebrated and championed.

 

The public sector – across health, councils, universities, schools, colleges, police and ambulance services – can all massively benefit from being joined up to one social prescribing platform in their area. This platform would enable frontline workers who deal with vulnerable people regularly, to immediately signpost people to community and voluntary organisations that can improve their health. What is more important, is that once the individual is signed up to the platform, they can then access and choose the services they want to undertake as part of their own healthcare plan. It is a level of control that is right for the health of the patient whilst also reducing demand pressures and costs on frontline services.

 

Imagine how much healthier and happier a person looking for mental health support would be, if they could sit at home on their computer or phone and immediately access support services without having to contact their council, sit on an automated telephone line or wait weeks for a GP appointment? The world would certainly be a healthier place.

 

If you would like to find out more about Elemental and how we can help enhance your social prescribing programme, please fill out the form below and we will be in touch.

 

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