Elemental praise £5 million injection into social prescribing
This week, we’re welcoming the news that The National Academy for Social Prescribing (NASP) has been awarded £5 million in funding to support people to stay connected and maintain their health and wellbeing following the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding will connect people to local community initiatives in their area to improve their mental health and wellbeing in response to the aftermath of COVID-19.
Over the last three months, we’ve learned from our network of social prescribing stakeholders that social prescribing has been paramount in supporting community resilience during Covid 19. We see this investment as further recognition of the importance of the social prescribing model of care, particularly for Link Workers and community, voluntary and social enterprise sector providers.
‘Demand for access to social prescribing services has increased dramatically during COVID, so much so that new referral routes have been established to support more people. What COVID is proving is that the strength of relationships formed between health and social care, housing, local gov and community sectors is enabling commissioners and providers of social prescribing services to collectively get ahead of the crisis. Investment in social prescribing is investment in community health and wellbeing’. Jennifer Neff Co Founder/CEO Elemental
“Social prescribing encourages agencies, sectors and people to work better together for the good of the community. It breaks down barriers to accessing services that make a difference to people’s lives. Elemental is committed to supporting the design, delivery and measurement of the uptake and impact of social prescribing. We are working across all sectors to help our customers and partners connect more people than ever into their own communities including criminal justice as we help to embed the social prescribing model of care in prisons across the UK ” Leeann Monk Ozgul, Co CEO/Founder, Elemental
Elemental is an award winning Tech For Good company that helps stakeholders in social prescribing and population health management to focus on the wider determinants of health: income, wealth, housing, education, transport, leisure and supports the adoption of health behaviours and lifestyles: smoking, diet, drinking, exercise. Elemental better connects stakeholders, providers of services and patients with health risks in the places and communities we live in whilst generating data that helps inform the design and delivery of an integrated health and care system.
Elemental’s social prescribing platform is used by over 279 digital social prescribing hubs across the UK and Ireland to connect people into community based activities, interventions and support pre, during and coming out of this phase of COVID. Over 51,000 people are benefiting from either self referrals or referrals made by crisis support teams, customer care, clinicians, multi disciplinary teams or housing officers to over 800 social prescribing Link Workers.
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