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ECHAlliance member partnership put communities at the centre of tackling growing health inequalities

13 March 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Heather Smith
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Hear about it at the Northern Ireland Ecosystem meeting on the 6 April 2017.  

An innovative new partnership has been formed to bridge the gap between healthcare and the housing, local authority and community sectors and improve the wider health and wellbeing of people and communities through innovative social prescribing technology developed in Northern Ireland.

ECHAlliance Member, Elemental Software, has joined together with North West England based leadership and organisational success business, Do-Well Ltd, to drive forward a new approach to treating a range of health conditions including mental health, through Elementals award-winning digital platform.

Through this new partnership, Elemental and Do-Well will work together to demonstrate how social prescribing can benefit organisations working to improve health and wellbeing in communities, focussing on sectors including housing and local authorities.

Social prescribing, a model of healthcare which links patients in primary care to sources of support in their community, is increasingly becoming recognised for its impact in offering non-medical opportunities or interventions to help people adopt healthier lifestyles or improve their wider wellbeing.

Set up in 2014 by former housing association chief executive, Ken Perry, Do-Well UK works with leaders across a wide range of sectors including the private sector, housing, health, charity and social enterprise to provide strategic and practical support, knowledge and advice to help people, places and organisations succeed and grow.

Elementals Social Prescription Software launched in September last year at the Health and Care Innovation Expo in Manchester. It aims to enhance how stakeholders in community health improvement interact to reduce the risk and progression of chronic health conditions through a cloud based system that enables health professionals to generate and track social prescription referrals and connect people with quality assured providers offering exercise, diet and nutrition, mental health and social support.

Leeann Monk-Özgül and Jennifer Neff, co-founders of Elemental, said:

“Being a member of the ECHAlliance has catapulted us into the heart of health and social care across the NW of England and beyond. This innovative new partnership will further bridge the gap between healthcare and the housing, local authority and community sectors and improve the wider health and wellbeing of people and communities”. 

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