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Ways to Wellness

Ways to Wellness

Ways to Wellness is the UK's largest social prescribing programme, aiming to reach 11,000 patients in the west of Newcastle upon Tyne over seven years, and the first health service to be funded by a Social Impact Bond (SIB). Social prescribing aims to improve health by prescribing non-medical activities that enhance social and physical wellbeing - offering a 'more than medicine' approach recognising that strong social networks and physical activities can increase resilience to ill health and reduce reliance on mainstream health services. Whilst social prescribing is becoming increasingly popular, evidence remains patchy and small scale. Ways to Wellness has been designed to deliver a solid evidence base for social prescribing, making a robust business case to invest in such programmes.

You can read the full case study here.