The information provided below relates to the Devon Sustainability and Transformation Partnership Social Prescribing Development Support Programme. This is the only programme for which Devon County Council holds data relevant to this FOI request.
Further information on this programme can be accessed via the HealthWatch Devon website.
Please also refer to the Social Prescribing Executive Summary
1. What was the organisations total spend on social prescribing in 2018/19?
2. Please provide the organisations total forecast expenditure on social prescribing for 2019/20?
£1.135 million. Please note that these funds were distributed central government funds and are not Local Authority funds. These funds are held and administered on behalf of the local process by Devon County Council.
3. How many patients were referred to a Social Prescribing Programme in 2018/19?
The Devon Sustainability and Transformation Partnership Social Prescribing Development Support Programme is not a Social Prescribing Scheme itself, but supports the development of Social Prescribing systemically for the Devon Sustainability and Transformation Partnership. The programme was in its early stages in 2018/19 so the spend was relatively small at that stage and not operationalised.
4. Does the organisation have a target number of patients to be referred to a social prescribing programme? If so, please provide detail of the organisations target.
The Devon Sustainability and Transformation Partnership Social Prescribing Development Support Programme is not a Social Prescribing Scheme itself, but supports the development of Social Prescribing systemically for the Devon Sustainability and Transformation Partnership. The Programme does not have a target number of patients as the success and ability of the system to use and sustain Social Prescribing is unknown (hence it being a developmental programme). The NHS, who are funding Link Workers via Primary Care Networks, will have specific targets and measures in relation to numbers of patients/caseloads.
5. What quantifiable benefits has the organisation achieved, or hoping to achieve (financial and/or operational) through the utilisation of social prescribing? (e.g. a reduction in A&E attendances, savings from reduction in drug costs etc.)
The organisation, as part of the Devon Sustainability and Transformation Partnership, is hoping to achieve quantifiable benefits using Social Prescribing for the Individual, Community and the System. These benefits are outlined, along with their measures, in the National Social Prescribing Common Outcomes Framework.
6. What is the name and job title of the individual who leads on social prescribing at your organisation?
The Senior Reporting Officer for the programme is Rebecca Harty who leads the programme on behalf of the Devon Sustainability and Transformation Partnership
7. Does your organisation use a third-party software to manage/support social prescribing? (services offered by the third-party provider may include manages patient referrals, enables self-referrals, directory of social prescribing programmes etc.)
a. If yes, please state the name of the supplier (e.g. Elemental Software, Public Consulting Group)
Information not held.
b. What was the annual cost to the organisation in 18/19 for using this supplier?