Bogside and Brandywell Health Forum (BBHF) is a community led health improvement organisation bringing together people, groups and agencies to enhance health and wellbeing. Bogside and Brandywell is an area of deep deprivation and high health inequalities.
The forum offers a range of social prescribing activities in the area, such as fitness classes and community events which are aimed at tackling loneliness and isolation in various community venues throughout the area.
BBHF previously received social prescribing referrals from GPs in the local area through a lengthy process which involved visiting clients to thoroughly assess their needs, researching available support and informing the individual of suitable initiatives in their local areas.
BBHF had no way of reporting the changes resulting from social prescription programmes and the impact that it was making to individuals.
Elemental simplified and streamlined the process of referring by enrolling and supporting individuals in the Bogside and Brandywell in engaging local lifestyle interventions. The integrated solution allowed GPs to make referrals, BBHF to receive and monitor referrals and individuals to keep track of their social prescription choices and health risk reduction, under one platform.
A simple process is now in place which keeps all stakeholders informed on the progress of the individual. As a result BBHF are now able to:
“The Elemental Platform has been great. It has saved me so much time and I am able to deliver a quicker and more effective service for the people in the Bogside and Brandywell neighbourhood. I am currently working with 30 different client and the software has halved the time it takes from assessing needs to finding services that will help them, which is so important because in my role we have to act fast to help clients stay motivated to make changes that will improve their health and wellbeing.”
Bronagh Cooper, Support Worker, Bogside & Brandywell Health Forum
“Based on our years of experience working at community and strategic level to create healthy, thriving communities, Elemental Software has been developed very much from the perspective of people in the frontline of healthcare. The Health Forum is working to make a real difference on the ground and is a great example of how our social prescribing software can assist the health sector in supporting patients and clients to make positive changes in their lives, and it’s fantastic to see how our software is making a real difference.”
Leeann Monk, Elemental Co-Founder