Ways to Wellness Latest News: 28th of August 2015
Welcome to the first ‘Latest News’ bulletin for the Ways to Wellness Project, which replaces the previous format of E-Bulletins. The previous fourteen E-Bulletins for Ways to Wellness can be found here.
Ways to Wellness is Fully Operational
Ways to Wellness is pleased to report that after an eleven week mobilisation phase, the Ways to Wellness service has been fully operational since the 1st of July 2015. For patients working with Ways to Wellness Link Workers and for the GP practice staff who are making social prescribing referrals, this change to being fully operational will not be visible. Behind the scenes, staff from all the organisations involved have been busy finalising contractual details.
Ways to Wellness continues to accept social prescribing referrals for patients with long term conditions (LTCs) from all seventeen practices in the west of Newcastle. Now that Ways to Wellness is fully operational the key difference is that improvements in patients’ health and well-being and reductions in hospital visits can now result in future outcome-based payments from our commissioners (Newcastle Gateshead Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), The Big Lottery Fund and The Cabinet Office).
In the Press
Ways to Wellness continues to attract local, national and international interest. The Annual Report of the Director of Public Health of Newcastle upon Tyne, Eugene Milne, highlights the value and importance of Ways to Wellness, recommending that the City Council make every effort to support the service (page 29). The Big Lottery Funded Commissioning Better Outcomes programme produced a ‘deep dive’ report on Ways to Wellness, highlighting the innovation the service promotes. In international news, an American article describes Ways to Wellness as an Innovative Way to Reduce the Cost of Health Care in Britain.
Building Awareness of the Ways to Wellness Service
We are planning more communications about the Ways to Wellness service this autumn. Our main aim will be to raise awareness in the communities we serve, primarily among those living with long-term conditions, their carers, and the primary care teams that work with them. A secondary aim will be to shine a spotlight on the west of Newcastle, and those involved in developing and supporting Ways to Wellness, as among the first in the world to pioneer the use of social impact funding in health.
– Tara Case, Chief Executive, on behalf of Ways to Wellness Ltd