Elemental and Do-Well launch new partnership to tackle growing health inequalities through social prescribing
An innovative new partnership has been formed to bridge the gap between healthcare and the housing, local authority and community sectors and improve the wider health and wellbeing of people and communities through social prescribing.
North West based leadership and organisational success business, Do-Well Ltd, and social prescription software company, Elemental, have joined together to drive forward a new approach to treating a range of health conditions including mental health, through Elemental’s award-winning digital platform.
Social prescribing, a model of healthcare which links patients in primary care to sources of support in their community, is increasingly becoming recognised for its impact in offering non-medical opportunities or interventions to help people adopt healthier lifestyles or improve their wider wellbeing.
Elemental’s Social Prescription Software launched in September last year at the Health and Care Innovation Expo in Manchester and has recently launched its social prescribing technology at Arab Health 2017 and set up an office in Dubai Internet City. It aims to enhance how stakeholders in community health improvement interact to reduce the risk and progression of chronic health conditions through a cloud based system that enables health professionals to generate and track social prescription referrals and connect people with quality assured providers offering exercise, diet and nutrition, mental health and social support.
Set up in 2014 by former housing association chief executive, Ken Perry, Do-Well UK works with leaders across a wide range of sectors including the private sector, housing, health, charity and social enterprise to provide strategic and practical support, knowledge and advice to help people, places and organisations succeed and grow.
Through this new partnership, Do-Well and Elemental will work together to demonstrate how social prescribing can benefit organisations working to improve health and wellbeing in communities, focussing on sectors including housing and local authorities.
Ken Perry, Director of Do-Well, said: “Do-Well works with leaders across a wide range of sectors to help them and their organisations succeed and grow. It is increasingly clear that good health and wellbeing, and in particular good mental health, are the most important challenges to tackle to ensure that people and communities are able to do well and fulfil their potential.
“I strongly believe that social prescribing is part of the solution, and through this shared purpose, Elemental and Do-Well’s partnership aims to bring this to life through Elemental’s innovative approach, and extend the range of partners involved in taking this forward.”
Leeann Monk-Özgül and Jennifer Neff, co-founders of Elemental, said: “We’re delighted to be working with Do-Well to take social prescribing to the next level, and better link the health care sector with organisations working to improve communities.“The digital solution we have developed is the result of over 16 months’ intensive research and development to develop a practical tool to enable the delivery and measurement of the social prescribing approach to health care and better join up services to improve the health and wellbeing of people experiencing a wide range of health conditions and challenges.”