Elemental Software and Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care Foundation Trust (T&G ICFT) have announced a unique partnership which enables GPs in Tameside and Glossop to effectively make one click social prescribing referrals using an integration with EMIS.
The Elemental Social Prescription Connector in EMIS also enables clinicians to view the status of referrals at different stages, enriching the conversations they have with people when they come into surgery.
Evidence repeatedly highlights that the things that play the greatest role in good health and wellbeing, often sit outside the immediate scope of traditional health and care services. Social, economic and environmental factors play a powerful role in determining both an individual’s level of health and wellbeing.
Through the Care Together transformation programme, Tameside and Glossop have invested significantly in the development of social prescribing programmes to bridge the gap between the support people access in traditional health and care services and the myriad of opportunities that exist in people’s communities, often offered by organisations from within the voluntary and community sectors. The services employ staff that build the connections from both primary care and also supporting people on discharge from hospital.
Jennifer Neff, co founder, Elemental Software:
“This is an opportunity to support both the citizens using the services available and the organisations delivering the services within the communities. The seamless integration between EMIS Web and Elemental Software provides a real opportunity to build and support Tameside and Glossop’s social prescribing fabric. It will be the first Foundation Trust to be able to make and receive instant referrals using the Elemental Social Prescription Connector. Partnering with such forward thinking organisations is a major step in mainstreaming social prescribing”.
The social prescribing approach is underpinned by asset based thinking – a model that starts by identifying an individual’s strengths and goals rather than focusing exclusively on what is wrong. Each person’s life, circumstances and goals are unique something that an asset based approach identifies and builds upon.
Chris Easton, Head of Person and Community Centred Approaches at T&G ICFT:
“We have a responsibility as a health and care system to ensure that we support people with the things that affect their health and the widest possible sense. Doing so delivers strong outcomes for individuals, but also the system by ensuring that people’s needs are met in the most appropriate way.
Our partnership with Elemental is exciting – it makes it simple for GPs and other health and care professionals to connect people to a wide range of community based support, simply and quickly.”