1. Evaluation Toolkits for the Voluntary, Community, Faith and Social Enterprise Sector
As part of NASP’s International Evidence Collaborative work, there is a piece of work being undertaken to map the evaluation resources and toolkits that are already in use, particularly by smaller VCFSE organisations. This is currently one strand of work underway around the themes of evaluation and economics in social prescribing. The information received from the initial mapping exercise will be used to produce an interactive resource document, highlighting the suitable resources that are already available.
If you know of any evaluation toolkits or resources that are in use, whether they are specific to social prescribing or not, or you know of ones soon to be available, please to do fill in this short survey.
2. SPOTLIGHT: Improving Inclusion Health Outcomes
Spotlight is a data dissemination platform developed by Office for Health Improvement and Disparities (OHID) that collates and presents key statistics related to the health of Inclusion Health groups to increase the visibility of these populations. Inclusion health groups often have the poorest health outcomes in society and are at the extreme end of health inequalities. Data can often be lacking and this tool will help to address this by bringing data on health of inclusion health groups together in one place.
Spotlight currently includes approximately 60 indicators covering public-facing data from government departments and academia organised across a number of themes. To access the platform, select this link.
3. Share MoneyHelper’s cost of living campaign
As many face an unprecedented squeeze on their budgets, Money and Pensions Service (MaPS) has developed content, tools and guidance to give people the right information quickly, directing them to trusted information and partners. The MoneyHelper-branded Cost of Living campaign is making people aware of what is available and is directing people to the free and impartial money guidance available for people across the UK.
It includes posters which could be printed off and put up around GP surgeries and other relevant locations, and all the resources can be found here.
4. Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Awareness Training
MS-UK are holding free MS awareness training sessions for healthcare professionals and community-based professionals. MS has the potential to affect physical ability and mobility, as well as strength, balance and co-ordination, and can impact on aspects of daily living, employment, and physical and mental wellbeing. Healthcare and community-based professionals play a key role in supporting wellbeing outcomes for their communities and MS-UK want to share knowledge to increase understanding of MS and the support available to the MS community.
For more information and to book onto a session, please select this link.
5. Solving Together Platform
Solving Together is a crowdsourcing platform and an initiative which is being locally led, jointly decided and centrally supported to capture, assess, test, scale and spread ideas into action. The Community Health Services (CHS) programme challenges will also be shared on this platform which will help in improving self-referral to community health services.
The six Community Health Services challenges are:
1. Community equipment
2. Community podiatry
3. Musculoskeletal services (MSK)
4. Weight management services (often described as Tier 2 services)
6. Learning from other community services
#SolvingTogether is an open process and all the assessments, outputs and ideas to be taken forward will be available for everyone to see.
The platform will be open for these challenges until Friday 31 March 2023.
6. Tuberous Sclerosis Association (TSA) Support Line
The Tuberous Sclerosis Association (TSA) Support Line provides emotional and practical support and information for anyone affected by the rare genetic condition, Tuberous Sclerosis Complex (TSC). They offer support for people living with TSC, loved ones, and health, social care and education professionals supporting people with TSC. They provide information on a range of TSC-related topics including new diagnosis, referrals to TSC clinics and health or education. They also signpost to specialist and local support organisations where relevant, and offer an empathetic, listening ear.
Opening hours: Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm