SPRING

Creating sustained lifestyle changes and improved self-care for people living with long-term health conditions, via social prescribing.

  • Location

    Northamptonshire

  • Launch

    Apr 2021

  • Area

    Health, Wellbeing & Independence

Collaborators & funding partners

  • Northamptonshire Clinical Commissioning Group

  • Life Chances Fund

  • Northamptonshire Health & Care Partnership

  • Public Health Northamptonshire

Delivery Partners

  • Age UK Northamptonshire

  • Northamptonshire Carers

  • General Practice Alliance

Collaborators & funding partners

  • Northamptonshire Clinical Commissioning Group

  • Life Chances Fund

  • Northamptonshire Health & Care Partnership

  • Public Health Northamptonshire

Delivery Partners

  • Age UK Northamptonshire

  • Northamptonshire Carers

  • General Practice Alliance

  • Mila founded and leads Bridges Outcomes Partnerships (BOP). At BOP, we work to radically improve human services and environmental initiatives to improve outcomes for people and value for society. Programmes BOP supports are dedicated to empowering people across the world to improve their lives, in areas ranging from education and wellbeing to housing, child protection, employment and environmental protection. Mila is on boards of Positive Families Partnership, Stronger Families, Forward, North East Lincolnshire Thrive, Ways to Wellness, Education Outcomes Partnerships, along with other family, employment, and refugee support focused programmes.

    Mila is also a Trustee for Clore Social Leadership, organisation dedicated to providing social leaders with world class leadership development.

    Prior to Bridges, Mila’s career spanned public, private, and third sector. Mila helped create and run Education Generation, a crowdsourcing social enterprise focused on enabling young leaders in low-and middle-income countries to participate in some of the world’s most forward-thinking education programmes.

  • Lucia Santirso, Director at Bridges Outcomes Partnerships, has been working with Bridges for the last 6 years, during which time she has designed and implemented more than 10 Outcomes Partnerships related to:

    • Supporting young people in Kenya to take control over their health choices and paths to do more with their lives,
    • Improving the health and wellbeing of adults in the UK with long-term health conditions,
    • Helping elderly adults in the Netherlands improve their mobility and reduce their risk of falling,
    • Supporting unpaid carers in the UK to improve their wellbeing and sustain their caring role,
    • Supporting young people in the UK to attain better wellbeing and education outcomes, and
    • Supporting young people in the UK with special education needs to increase their independence towards adulthood.

    Before joining the BOP team, Lucia worked in Investor Relations at Bridges Fund Management. Lucia was also part of the Global Steering Group (GSG) Policy working group and is a co-author of the resulting report: “Catalysing an Impact Investment Ecosystem: A Policymaker’s Toolkit”. Prior to joining Bridges, Lucia worked in Equity Research at J.P. Morgan.

    Lucia holds a MSc in International Finance from HEC Paris and a BSc in International Business Administration from Rotterdam School of Management.

  • Rob leads on the project management and procurement of Health-related social outcomes partnerships, capacity building and supporting delivery partners to develop innovation and insight into delivery.

    Prior to joining Bridges in 2018, Rob has held leaderships roles in business development and strategic growth for a number of businesses and sectors including financial advice, employability, skills, IAG and supply chain development. He has also been chair and deputy chair of ERSA, the trade body representing the Employability sector and worked with Cabinet & Treasury on developing new public sector commissioning. Rob has also worked in investment banking, HEI institutions and led businesses at accelerator and incubator stages.

  • Nicky is the Programme Director for Health, overseeing two social prescribing programmes that help people to access community support to manage their health and wellbeing.

    Nicky is passionate about supporting people and has a strong focus on collaboration and coproduction throughout her work. Having spent 16 years working in the criminal justice system for Probation, Nicky has more recently been working in Adult Social Care, managing prevention-based programmes and working strategically with partners across Health and the VCSE sector.

Overview

Over 15 million people in the UK suffer from long-term health conditions (LTCs), with most experiencing poorer health outcomes and reduced quality of life as a result.

SPRING is a social prescribing programme helping people living with LTCs to create sustained lifestyle changes and improved self-care habits.

The strengths-based model focuses on addressing social and environmental factors to support individuals’ health and wellbeing. SPRING’s programme provides dedicated Link Workers (via our delivery partners) to support participants to engage with activities in their local area, creating new social groups where needed, via a personalised action plan. This engagement with the community helps participants to develop improved and sustained changes and empowers them to manage life challenges, whilst having better control of their overall health and wellbeing.

Delivery innovations

An outcomes partnership has enabled a much more collaborative, flexible approach to problem-solving. This has facilitated a number of significant delivery innovations, including:

  • In response to participant feedback, SPRING co-designed various groups to cater to their needs and support them to manage their LTCs with non-medical interventions – from cookery courses to dog walking, arts & crafts to exercise groups.
  • Through consulting with local Primary Care Networks, Spring was able to understand and respond to local needs – including identifying the LTCs and participants who could benefit the most from the SPRING intervention.
  • Due to the introduction of monthly managers’ meetings, Managers across delivery partners have been able to share resources and experiences, and provide a more uniform ‘Spring’ experience.

Outcomes

1,800 people have started the programme since it launched. Compared with when they started, 90% of participants report an improvement in wellbeing at 12 months.

  • 1796

    Starts to the programme

  • 591

    Wellbeing improvements by second assessment

  • 231

    Wellbeing improvements by third assessment

  • £1.7m

    Outcomes achieved