“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 deliver services to patients across the North East and North Cumbria. More details for our current services can be found below.
We are ambitious to do more. We are 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.
What can we offer and how will we work?
The new organisation will offer services from the development of an idea through to delivery and evaluation:
- Test and learn: initial testing of ideas and testing prototypes at scale.
- Development services: developing a business case, funding options and income generation, cross-sector contacts and partnership development, project modelling and budgeting.
- Delivery services: project consultancy and delivery (direct or in partnership).
- Impact and influencing: data analysis and research with bespoke data collection systems. Using what we learn to influence wider policy and practice and testing the potential for delivery at scale.
Dr Brigid Joughin, Clinical Director, Newcastle Outer West PCN
"I think the impact is that we actually think about what matters to that person and what is going on in their life outside what they bring into the four walls of the consulting room."
▶ Long-term health conditions
The Ways to Wellness long-term conditions service is for people with certain long-term health conditions, aged 18-74, who attend participating GP practices in Newcastle upon Tyne.
The eligible long-term health conditions are:
- Chronic breathing difficulties (COPD) or Asthma
- Diabetes (type 1 or type 2)
- Heart disease
- Thinning of the bones (osteoporosis)
- Pre-diabetes (non-diabetic hyperglycaemia)
- Osteoarthritis of the hip/knee
- Any of the above with depression and/or anxiety
▶ Children and families: SPACE pilot
SPACE CYP (Social Prescribing And Community rEsourcesfor Children and Young People) - otherwise known as the ‘SPACE pilot’ - is a partnership project between Ways to Wellness and the Great North Children’s Hospital. The SPACE pilot will explore social prescribing for children with complex chronic conditions - integrating the hospital and community settings.
We have the following criteria to be eligible for support:
- Families who have a child aged 0-15 years with conditions such as: cerebral palsy; epilepsy; autism; or another chronic disability related to a neurological condition
- Children who are hospital in-patients, and their families - admitted under any paediatric team. Clinicians should be confident that the child is sufficiently medically well for the social prescribing intervention to be appropriate at that time.
- Living in the North East/North Cumbria area.
- Children and their family are willing to consent to both the intervention and the evaluation.
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This service has been a very great help as it has resolved a lot of issues that worried me.