“Without the support from Ways to Wellness I wouldn’t be here.”

Jane Thurston, Ways to Wellness client

Ways to Wellness was initially set up to deliver social prescribing for people in the west of Newcastle upon Tyne whose daily lives are affected by certain long-term health conditions.

What makes the Ways to Wellness social prescribing service exceptional is the use of Social Impact Bond (SIB) funding and outcomes payment contracting for delivery in our first seven years, the scale of the service’s reach within the eligible population, the comprehensive and long-term service offer, and its integration with general practices.

We started delivery in 2015. Our report in 2021 set out our approach, findings and learning from the first six years of the service. This included:

  • 7,700 referrals received and 5,800 engagements with the service
  • 86% of clients improved their wellbeing
  • 27% lower secondary care cost per patient.

Since then, we have expanded our geographical reach to more of Newcastle upon Tyne, and the range of people who can be referred to the service, enabling us to help even more people.

“What I find most inspiring about Ways to Wellness is its impact on patients’ wellbeing”

Joe Corrigan, Chief Finance and Operating Officer, Newcastle Gateshead CCG

We are now looking to the future. New projects will enable us to help even more people. For example, the SPACE pilot (Social Prescribing And Community rEsources) supports children their families who receive care from the Great North Children’s Hospital. You can find out more about the SPACE pilot here.

We are also merging with Blue Stone Collaborative, to create an innovation hub that brings people together to tackle health inequalities across the North East and North Cumbria. Read more about our aims, objectives and what we will offer here.

Health professionals. Click here to find out how we can support and work with you.

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