Wellbeing Exeter wins National Award


An initiative to improve the health and wellbeing of people in Exeter has been recognised with a prestigious national award.

Wellbeing Exeter has won a coveted National Health Service Journal (HSJ) award at a ceremony in London – the largest of its type in the world. The project was successful in the ‘Most effective adoption and diffusion of existing best practice’ category.

Wellbeing Exeter explores better ways of supporting the 40% of patients who visit their GP with socially based, rather than medical problems. The innovate collaboration integrates health with social care and community, and improves wellbeing for individuals, acknowledging that people primarily want a life not a service.

In England, only 4% of the total health budget is spent on prevention, yet it is estimated that if the public were fully involved in managing their health and engaged in prevention activities, £30 billion could be saved.

The HSJ judges said of Wellbeing Exeter: “This was a well-established social prescribing model that had been designed, considered and delivered through a genuine partnership despite complexity.”

Devon Community Foundation is the Sector Lead and Programme Manager for Wellbeing Exeter alongside partners from local government, social care, the NHS and a range of voluntary sector organisations. The partnership has extended its project across all GP practices in the city for the next two years. If successful, it is hoped that this model will be considered for the whole of Devon.

Martha Wilkinson, Chief Executive of Devon Community Foundation said: “Wellbeing Exeter is a win, win, win for everyone and an extraordinary example of genuine collaboration between the health service, local authorities and the community. Although partnerships like these are often talked about, it is rare indeed to see it working so well, transforming the lives of hundreds of vulnerable people, as well as promising significant savings for local services.”

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