Derry based Clarendon Medical Centre was one of the first GP surgeries to recognise the benefits of the Elemental social prescribing platform and the difference it could make in fast tracking referrals for individuals in need of non medical support.
Through involvement in the Local Commissioning Group, Dr Paul Molloy was an early advocate of social prescribing and the value it brought, particularly to elderly people in the local community.
It is estimated that around 20% of patients consult their GP for what is primarily a social problem (Low Commission, 2015) and evidence proves that referring to a social prescribing service can reduce such pressures.
In order for GPs to maximise the impact of generating social prescription referrals, the process must be simple, secure and instant. The feedback from research and consultations conducted by Elemental with GPs found:
In this instance, Dr Paul Molloy needed to:
The Elemental platform simplified and streamlined the process of referring individuals from Clarendon Medical Practice to social prescribing hubs in the local area which could support and connect individuals their community.
Using Elemental social prescribing software, Dr Paul is able to:
As a result, Dr Paul can now :
“At Clarendon Medical Centre we wanted to do things differently and be innovative in looking at ways that we can drive longer term health improvements for our patients. Elemental is a great solution, as it enables GPs to find all the support that is available when looking at the best solutions for our patients and we can do this quickly and easily at the point of access.”
Dr Paul Molloy, Clarendon Medical Centre
Making it easier for GPs to make and send social prescription referrals is crucial to widening the use of social prescribing and extending the resulting benefits to as many people as possible. It is great to see that GPs like Dr Paul Molloy are making the transition from paper based referrals to innovative technology designed to mainstream the social prescribing model of care.
Jennifer Neff, Elemental Co-Founder