Our award-winning social prescribing software is revolutionising the way students in Higher Education access wellbeing support by delivering a sustainable and replicable approach to tackling wellbeing challenges grounded in social prescribing.
By embedding Elemental’s digital social prescribing platform into Student Wellbeing and Inclusion Programmes, universities and colleges can now connect students with non-clinical services within and beyond the institutions to support a range of issues that impact on student health and wellbeing needs. This means that students will have access to a whole system approach to well-being, while also empowering them to take control of their health.
In a bid to enhance student wellbeing, build resilience, and promote new ways of working using social prescribing, Wrexham Glyndwr University and the University of South Wales (USW) have partnered with Elemental.
The project, which is the first of its kind in higher education, will transform the way Wrexham Glyndwr University works in partnership to promote and deliver wellbeing for students, based on best practice from successful Social Prescribing projects in North Wales, such as the 2025 Movement in which WGU is a partner. This project has been funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW), which is committed to supporting the University to focus on programmes and activities that support and improve student wellbeing.
Project partner, USW, is leading on the evaluation of the Wrexham Glyndwr University social prescribing model and asks what works for whom and in what context? Using Elemental to track and measure referrals as part of the evaluation will enable USW to understand impact on student wellbeing and deliver a strong and rigorous evidence base of research to drive change and create principles that will be transferred to the USW and, potentially, later across the higher education sector in Wales.
The project is already beginning to see improvements in the ability to identify and provide support for students in need. Elemental’s elearning academy has provided 181 members of the Wrexham Glyndwr University team with the training needed to go live on the platform and make, manage and report on referrals while also providing support.
The early successes of the introduction of social prescribing are clear to see as 301 students are now registered in Elemental, with 422 associated prescriptions. Out of the 422 prescriptions, 306 were self-referrals through the Student Desk, showing how students are willing to take initiative and engage with the platform.
Overall the project work is aligned to and embedded within the vision and mission of the university and to regional and national priorities for Wales.
The programmes and services are also being made available to the wider community and will play a key role in improving holistic health of the local community.
Partnerships with ICAN, 2025 Movement, Do-Well and USW will help establish a standardised approach to social prescribing, both within higher education and throughout Wales.
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