Major sponsor secured for North Wales Social Prescribing Conference

Tech for Good company, Elemental Software, has announced its support for the first North Wales Social Prescribing Conference, which will take place at Theatre Clwyd on 26th October 2017.

The conference is being delivered by 2025, a movement of public, private and voluntary sector organisations in North Wales working together to end avoidable health inequalities in partnership with Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board.

The conference will launch a “Made in North Wales” approach to social prescribing, a model of healthcare which links individuals to sources of support in their community, prescribing non-medical opportunities to help people adopt healthier lifestyles, which can form part of the solution to improving health and wellbeing in communities across North Wales. The event will see the launch of a North Wales Social Prescribing Network, and aims to engage a wide range of partners from health, local authority, housing and the third sector to meet the needs of the North Wales population.

Margaret Hanson, Vice Chair of the Health Board said: “This conference is a celebration of the excellent partnership work in North Wales between the Health Board and the 2025 movement, and we are delighted that Elemental Software are partnering us in this exciting venture.”

Elemental Software was established in 2013 by social innovators Jennifer Neff and Leeann Monk in response to their work at community and strategic level in Derry engaging communities, healthcare commissioners, employers and health and well being providers to tackle health challenges and create healthy, sustainable communities. Its innovative software enables health and social care providers at all levels, to refer patients​, by the touch of a button,​ to social prescription activities, which could be anything from exercise classes to diet and nutrition courses and mental health support, and to track and monitor their progress through a wide range of different measures.

Leeann Monk, Co-Founder of Elemental Software, said: Leeann Monk, Co-Founder of Elemental Software, said: “We’re really looking forward to being part of 2025’s Social Prescribing Conference. We’re proud to be supporting such a fantastic event which highlights the real difference that social prescribing can make to people’s lives”

“We set up Elemental Software after many years of working in communities in Northern Ireland. Our platform supports and measures the impact of engaging​ local people in health programmes to enhance their wellbeing. Through this work,​ we recognised the important role that digital technology can play in supporting the health and social care sector and the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector in empowering patients to access and engage in the many ​sources of support available to them in their local communities, and it’s great to see this approach being developed further in North Wales.”

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