Elemental partner with the University of East London to research exciting new economic measurement method for social prescribing
In a bid to enhance the way we evidence the economic efficiencies derived from embedding social prescribing, we’re delighted to announce that we’ve partnered with the University of East London’s Institute for Health and Human Development Department.
We’re extremely excited about working closely with the Health and Human Development team at UEL to research an exciting new economic measurement method for social prescribing. Our findings will lead on to the development of a new measurement tool which will be available as an add-on for all Elemental Core customers later this year.
“We are delighted to be partnering with Elemental to develop innovative solutions for the thorny challenges around assessing the health and economic benefits of social prescribing. Our extensive research developing optimal social prescribing models and the impact of these on primary care, patients and wider communities provide a solid evidence base for our partnership going forward.” Angela Harden, Director of the Institute for Health and Human Development and Professor of Community and Family Health
Over the last five years, UEL (University of East London) have been evaluating and supporting the development of social prescribing in London and nationally.
Thanks to funding from the Health Foundation they have also been able to disseminate the results of their research through the national Social Prescribing Network (SPN). Dr Marcello Bertotti (UEL Senior Research Fellow) is on the steering group of the Social Prescribing Network and has supported it from its inception.
The Social Prescribing Network, NHS England and the Healthy London Partnership are now developing guidance for social prescribing and are linked with all major social prescribing pilots nationally.
Boosting the evidence power of our digital social prescribing platform
The aim of the partnership is to enhance the reporting features of our Elemental Core social prescribing platform by developing an add-on tool that measures the economic impact of social prescribing as well as assess the health outcomes, with functionality that’s underpinned by sound academic research.
This impressive new feature will be extremely useful for commissioners and practitioners who need to inform the production of business cases and substantiate potential cost-savings that will make further investment in the development of social prescribing more likely.
Jennifer Neff, Co-CEO of Elemental said “ We’re so excited about the potential of this add-on and the benefits it’s going to bring for our customers. We’re continually being asked about evidence and economic efficiencies, and we’re aware how important evidence is. That’s why we’re partnering with organisations like UEL, so that we can make reporting, measuring and evidencing on social prescribing precise and easy to do. We can’t wait to see the results of this incredible add-on. UEL have been integral in shaping the way we enhance and develop our platform based on their research in London and throughout the UK.”
How will it work?
In addition to assessing the difference social prescribing is making to an individual’s overall health and wellbeing, this new economic assessment tool will make it possible to assess the economic savings per individual as a result of having better health outcomes.
“The Institute for Health and Human Development at University of East London are very excited to collaborate with Elemental on this important work going forward. There is a clear need to provide more digitised solutions to assessing the impact of social prescribing. Providing an economic assessment based on the most recent studies in this area will add further value to Elemental’s digital social prescribing platform.” Dr Marcello Bertotti (Senior Research Fellow)
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