Stage of development: Implementation
Policy sector: Health
Date outcomes contract signed: Mar 2015
Start date of service provision: Apr 2015
Anticipated completion date: Mar 2022
Actual completion date: Oct 2022
Capital raised (minimum): GBP 1.65m (USD 2.52m)
Service users: 8k+ individuals
Ways to Wellness comprises a "hub" model of working in which a non-medical link worker trained in behaviour change methods offers a holistic and personalised service to identify meaningful health and wellness goals, as well as connecting clients, when indicated, to community and voluntary groups and resources. The service comprises: (a) individual assessment, motivational interviewing and action planning, (b) completion of an initial Wellbeing Star assessment and subsequent Wellbeing Stars every six months thereafter to the duration of the intervention, (c) help to access community services (e.g. welfare rights advice, walking groups, physical activity classes, arts groups, continuing education), (d) promotion of volunteering opportunities, and (e) promotion of improved self-care and sustained behavioural changes related to healthier lifestyle choices.
People with long-term health conditions (such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder, Asthma, Diabetes Type 1 or 2, Coronary Heart Disease, Heart Failure, or Epilepsy), social isolation, frequent attenders at GP or hospitals due to poor understanding of condition, anxiety or depression (in addition to a long-term condition), poor health but with scope to improve with lifestyle change, poor English literacy. They must be aged 40-74 and living in areas of Newcastle West which experience high socio-economic deprivation.
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