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General overview

Stage of development: Implementation

Policy sector: Health

Date outcomes contract signed: Apr 2021

Start date of service provision: Jul 2021

Anticipated completion date: May 2027

Capital raised (minimum): GBP 1.10m (USD 1.51m)

Max potential outcome payment: GBP 8.46m

Service users: 7k+ individuals


In Northamptonshire, and elsewhere in the UK, the population is growing and getting older, putting increasing pressure on the health and care system. Social prescribing provides an effective and cost-efficient contributory solution. Social prescribing focuses on prevention of ill health and the promotion of positive health and wellbeing (both mental and physical), through community-based services. It addresses the needs of the more vulnerable populations, through a community support model, and it aims to improve both physical and mental health and wellbeing by improving resilience and community support. This is an asset-based social prescribing programme working to create sustained lifestyle changes and improved self-care for people living with long-term health conditions in Northamptonshire. The programme outcomes include improvement in wellbeing and reduction in usage of NHS services.

Target population

People with long term health conditions and one or more of the following characteristics: High co-morbidity levels; low levels of emotional and mental well-being; high levels of social isolation; frequent attender at GP or hospital; are a carer; have poor English literacy; are obese or inactive and/or have difficult socioeconomic backgrounds.



  • United Kingdom

Service delivery locations

  • Northamptonshire, UK

Outcome metrics

  • Metric 1: Initial Assessment taken place with action plan completed
  • Metric 2: Additional complexity payment for people with complex needs engaged with programme.
  • Metric 3: Well Being Star - improvement after 6 month assessment
  • Metric 4: Well Being Star - improvement after 12 month assessment
  • Metric 5: WEMWS (Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Wellbeing Scale) - improvement after 6 month assessment.
  • Metric 6: WEMWS (Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Wellbeing Scale) - improvement after 12 month assessment
  • Metric 7: Reduction in GP consultations


This project started delivering services in July 2021 and will finish in May 2027. Data was last updated in March 2024. These are interim results.

Outcome achievements

Overall target is based on the high case scenario defined in the Life Chances Fund Final Award Offer or Variation Agreements.

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The intermediary organisation's interpretation of this figure:

'Spring is delivering asset-based social prescribing across Northamptonshire. The key outcomes are: improving people’s overall wellbeing (outcomes 1, 2, 3 and 4); improving people’s mental health (outcomes 5 and 6) and reducing NHS usage (outcome 7).

While the programme started slower than anticipated, it is still on track to meet the original targets. This is due to both catching up on the number of people supported, as well as higher success rates than originally expected. Outcome 7 is currently not being measured as we are still working with the local NHS to be able to collect this data.'

Outcome payments

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The intermediary organisation's interpretation of this figure:

'Launched in the middle of Covid, the programme took longer to ramp up than initially planned. However, the programme is now settled and performing in-line with expectations. We believe the service can support all the people originally helped, but the total outcomes achieved might be lower due to the LCF grant finishing 2 years before the programme end.'

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