Latest News: 12th of February 2016

Ways to Wellness is on Target

We are pleased to report that Ways to Wellness is at 97% target referral levels. Since April 2015, Ways to Wellness Link Workers have received over 830 appropriate new patient referrals from the 17 GP practices in the west of Newcastle. Meeting our ambitious referral targets is a reflection of patients’ interest in the service, GP practice staff understanding the value of the service for their patients and Link Worker dedication to spreading the word about the new service.

Impact and Patient Benefit

Now that we have been working with our first patients for ten months, we have started to measure improvements in their well-being. Using the Well-being StarTM, we ask patients to rate their well-being in eight areas, ranging from their lifestyle to where they live to how positive they feel. We measure this every six months while the patient is involved in our service. Early data is showing significant positive change in our patients’ well-being.

Welcomes

Ways to Wellness is pleased to welcome 10 new Link Workers, who bring additional resource and enthusiasm to support our increasing patient referrals. We’d also like to extend a warm welcome to our new board member, Dr Brigid Joughin, a GP at Throckley Primary Care Centre in the west of Newcastle.

In the Press & Sharing the Model

Ways to Wellness continues to attract interest in its pioneering approach. We regularly receive invitations to speak and requests to discuss the Ways to Wellness approach, in the UK and internationally. Big Society Capital has produced a short film about Ways to Wellness with patient interviews: How a social impact bond can improve health and well-being.

– Tara Case, Chief Executive, on behalf of Ways to Wellness Ltd

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