We are supporting Worthwhile Waiting, which enables some patients in Cambridgeshire to work with their health coach or social prescriber to identify appropriate physical and mental wellbeing support services during the period they are waiting for surgical procedures.
Worthwhile Waiting is an innovative programme which aims to transform the post-referral, pre-appointment period from one in which patients are passively waiting to one where they are actively preparing for specialist intervention.
Initially focusing on patients with hip and knee pain, the aspiration is to expand the service to other conditions once the approach has been tested. Eastern AHSN is funding an evaluation to understand how the resource affects patient outcomes which will be available in September 2022.
Worthwhile Waiting is provided by Meridian Primary Care Network
Eastern AHSN commissioned Anglia Ruskin University to conduct an evaluation of the impact of Worthwhile Waiting over the first nine months of the programme using both quantitative and qualitative evaluation methods.
Piers Ricketts, Chief Executive at Eastern AHSN, explains how innovative tools could be the solution to easing pressure on elective services following the COVID-19 pandemic.
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