South Dublin County Partnership Take A Holistic Approach to Community Centred Care
South Dublin County Partnership, a local development company in South Dublin County has launched an innovative partnership with Elemental which connects patients to social prescribing activities such as art classes, walking groups, befriending services and employment advice.
Funded by the Health Services Executive, Healthy Ireland and managed by the South Dublin County Partnership, the pilot project will address people’s needs in a holistic way and empower individuals to take greater control of their own health.
Connecting Clinical and Community Resources
Using Elemental’s Core platform, GPs within Glenview Clinic and Park House Family Practitioners will be able to make instant social prescribing referrals to South Dublin County Partnership, reducing avoidable GP appointments while also helping patients make positive lifestyle changes.
Following the referral, GPs can also track the status of referrals at different stages, providing enhanced care enriching the conversations they have with people when they come into surgery.
South Dublin County Partnership will now have the ability to access, report and showcase detailed data analytics which helps to shape their social prescribing services and close the loop between clinicians and the community.
Using these metrics, South Dublin County Partnership can demonstrate the impact that their social prescribing programmes and services are making to their community, tackling a key challenge of VCSE organisations.
Pressures in General Practice
With almost 1,300 people a day failing to attend outpatient appointments nationally, medical practitioners in two GP practices in South Dublin will be offering patients the opportunity to avail of a social prescription and engage in appropriate community support and activities.
“We are really looking forward to linking people to opportunities in the community that can improve their health and wellbeing. There is so much people can do in their own area – they sometimes just need a little help to make the connection. The software will support that through secure referrals and key reporting data, which is key in gaining the trust of our healthcare partners and funders.” Marjolein Moonen, Deputy CEO at South Dublin County Partnership
Embracing Digital Social Prescribing Technology
Enhancing their social prescribing programmes using digital social prescribing technology, means South Dublin County Partnership can now:
Save time and resource by reducing administrative pressures on staff
Create personalised social prescribing programmes for individuals
Connect key delivery partners using one central platform
Report on project outcomes and provide detailed evaluations for stakeholders
Track and monitor the impact of social prescribing referrals
Helping to Demonstrate Impact
Leeann Monk-Ozgul, Elemental Co-Founder said “It’s fantastic to now have a presence in the Republic of Ireland, working together with Health Services Executive, Healthy Ireland and South Dublin County Partnership. This pilot presents an example of how primary care and VCSE organisations can work closely, openly and collaboratively in order to reduce health inequalities and create thriving communities.”