Learning from the £10m Ways to Wellness social prescribing programme in the west of Newcastle upon Tyne.
In recent years the Government has encouraged the voluntary and community sector to consider social investment as part of its funding mix. In the health and wellbeing sector an eye-catching example is the £10m Ways to Wellness programme in the west of Newcastle upon Tyne. Launched in April 2015, over six years it will help up to 8,500 patients with long term conditions to manage their health better and thus reduce costs in the health service. This briefing explains the ingredients that made the programme possible and the wider lessons to be drawn.