Our team has been at the forefront of mobilising communities towards better health, education and employment for the past 30 years combined. Our experience led us to see that, despite millions of pounds being spent on preventing conditions like obesity, diabetes and depression, the challenge remained in engaging those most at risk. Chronic conditions are rising and so too are the costs. We know that involving someone creating their own health risk prevention plan is key to empowering them towards living better quality lives.
Despite all of our best efforts, we tend to work in separate silos. We can’t all be expected to know everything that’s happening in someone’s local community. Whether you are a resident, GP, social worker, commissioner, social prescriber or community provider, we don’t always have the time to source information and make connections that positively impact on someone’s life. We could do this alone, but it wouldn’t be as effective. By connecting resources, people, programmes, partners and strategies, we can support those in need so that no-one is left behind.
We’ve spoken with over 750 different stakeholders in community health and wellbeing. Elemental Social Prescribing Software was developed to address what we learned directly from those involved about the challenges surrounding reducing health inequalities. We set about making it easier to help communities, and the people within these communities, get the support they need to address the issues beyond clinical needs that impact on their health and well being. We started by connecting these key stakeholders 1) Patients, 2) Community Providers and 3) Health/Social Care Professionals.
Funded by the Public Health Agency, this project is a collaboration between tech for good company Elemental Software, Bogside and Brandywell Health Forum and 15 Healthy Living Centres throughout the North of Ireland. Over a two year period, 28,000 people will engage in the largest social prescribing programme in Northern Ireland using Elemental Software.
The first ever Elemental pilot took place in the Creggan Community in Derry. The Old Library Trust Healthy Living Centre was running a social prescribing programme and used Elemental to better empower individuals in co-creating their social prescriptions and keep track of their health risk reduction journey.
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.
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.
Dubai Health Authority, in partnership with Elemental Software launched the Happiness Prescribing Programme to trial and adopt a new approach for diabetes prevention. Using innovative technology to connect communities with diabetes prevention support, the partnership enabled individuals ‘at risk’ to better understand their health issues and create their own Diabetes prevention plan which reduced their…