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Current projects: Evaluation

Developing the evaluation methodology framework for social prescribing

WSSPR aims to develop an evaluation methodology framework for social prescribing. This will be done by firstly conducting a realist review to explore existing good practice in evaluation in the published & grey literature and then using consensus methods to develop the framework with key stakeholders.

Read the protocol for the realist review here.

Funder: Health & Care Research Wales

Contact: Prof Carolyn Wallace

SPRING
Social Prescribing in Mental Health Study

SPRING is a mixed-methods waitlist trial that aims to evaluate a new social prescribing service delivered by Mind Cymru in four communities in Wales. The study aims to explore the impact of the social prescribing intervention on well-being, quality of life and loneliness using quantitative and qualitative methods.

Funder: Welsh Government

Partners: University of South Wales, Welsh Institute for Health and Social Care (WIHSC), Mind Cymru, PRIME Centre Wales, Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, Powys Teaching Health Board.

Contact: Prof Mark Llewellyn

Read the SPRING report here.

PROSPECT
Mental Health through Social Prescribing Project

PROSPECT is a mixed-methods waitlist trial that aims to evaluate a new social prescribing service delivered by British Red Cross in two communities in Wales. The study aims to explore the impact of the social prescribing intervention on patient well-being and quality of life using quantitative and qualitative methods.

Funder: Welsh Government

Partners: University of South Wales, Welsh Institute for Health and Social Care (WIHSC), British Red Cross, PRIME Centre Wales, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, Hywel Dda University Health Board.

Contact: Prof Mark Llewellyn

‘Enhancing Student Wellbeing through Social Prescribing’ :
A realist approach

A realist evaluation of a social prescribing intervention for higher education students to improve their well-being and mental health. The intervention will be implemented and evaluated in Wrexham Glyndŵr University and the principles will be transferred to University of South Wales.

Funder: Higher Education Funding Council for Wales

Partners: Wrexham Glyndŵr University, University of South Wales, Welsh Institute for Health and Social Care (WIHSC), PRIME Centre Wales.

Read the report for the WGU GCM study here.

Contact: Prof Carolyn Wallace

RESPECT
Realist Evaluation of Social Prescribing with Time Credits

Time Credits as a Social Prescription: The Co-production of a Conceptual Framework, Programme Evaluation and Social Return on Investment.
A 24-month feasibility study using realist evaluation and social return on investment to understand how social prescribing with time credits may improve mental health and well-being of patients to prepare for a future outcome evaluation.

Funder: Social Care Research Grant with Health and Care Research Wales

Partners: Cardiff University, Leicester University, Bangor University

Contact: Dr Mary Lynch

A Realist Evaluation of a Community Support Group: The Grow Well Project

A realist evaluation of a greenspace social prescribing intervention for people with health and wellbeing issues. The intervention will be evaluated using a mixed-method realist approach which will inform the development of a bespoke monitoring tool.

Partner: University of South Wales, Grow Cardiff

Contact: Prof Carolyn Wallace

An evaluation of the 'Wild Skills Wild Spaces' ecotherapy programme

Wild Skills Wild Spaces aims to deliver a range of nature-themed activities (ecotherapy) designed to improve the health, skills and well-being of local communities in Montgomeryshire. An evaluation of the programme will be conducted using a mixed methods framework investigating both processes and outcomes.

Funder: Welsh Government

Partner: Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust, Powys Teaching Health Board, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Centre for Health, Activity and Wellbeing Research (CAWR)

Contact: Prof Diane Crone

PhD - Susan Beese 
Realist evaluation of staying well in your community: Identifying social prescribing intervention profiles for type & impact

Realist review using mixed methods sequential design & 4 cycles to investigate interventions in the Cwm Taf area. To develop an explanatory theory of intervention profiles around how, why, for whom & to what extent they work. 

Funder: Welsh Government, KESS 2

Partner: University of South Wales, Interlink RCT 

Contact: Susan Beese & Prof Carolyn Wallace

PhD - Tom Roberts
Identifying the roles of a Link Worker 

Mixed-methods study exploring day-to-day practice of link workers in Wales and the rest of the UK and understanding the roles that are the most prominent in their practice.

Funder: Welsh Government, KESS2.

Partners: University of South Wales, Cwm Taf Morgannwg UHB.

Contact: Tom Roberts & Prof Carolyn Wallace

Pathway to Portfolio
Creating community assets/social capital within the context of Social Prescribing

Consensus workshops with social prescribers from Cwm Taf Morgannwg area to consider the role of community assets and develop 6 ranked research priority areas. 

Funder: Health & Social Care Wales, Pathway to Portfolio

Partners: Cwm Taf Morgannwg UHB, Wales Council for Voluntary Action, University of South Wales

Contact: Dr Sally Rees

MRes - Abraham Makanjuola
An evaluation study to investigate recruitment into social prescribing interventions & explore skills sets of Link Workers in dealing with complex case referrals

This project is a mixed method evaluation study exploring the skills, knowledge and level of experience of link workers in Social Prescribing. The aims are; to determine current referral rates to SP interventions, to identify current Link Works (LW) skills mix, to identify skills required by LW in dealing with more complex referrals, to determine what is the current SP referral criteria & to develop guidance for SP process referral pathway leading to quality improvements.  

Funder: KESS 2

Partners: Bangor University, Conwy Council

Contact: Abraham Makanjoula & Dr Mary Lynch

The Body Hotel: Moving Respite

A programme of movement-based interventions aimed at decreasing symptoms of compassion fatigue and increasing creative avenues of support for the HEIW workforce.

Moving Respite is an online wellbeing programme of professional and personal development workshops that apply therapeutic dance/movement techniques for burnout prevention and embodied self-care.

Funder: Arts Council Wales

Partners: Wales School for Social Prescribing Research (WSSPR)

Contact:  Dr Thania Acarón

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