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BetterPoints makes social prescriptions for active travel easier to swallow

BetterPoints makes social prescriptions for active travel easier to swallow

Active Travel England recently allocated funding for eleven local authorities to trial social prescriptions for walking, wheeling and cycling.

Active travel is much harder to prescribe than traditional medication. Aside from the potential barrier of opportunity (for example, people won’t walk, wheel or cycle if there are no safe routes for it), a much higher level of motivation and effort is required to walk to the shops or cycle to work than to swallow a pill – often even more so when UK weather is involved.

And how do you control the dosage? How does an individual make sure they meet the prescribed levels of activity, and how does their prescriber keep track of progress?

BetterPoints – just what the doctor ordered

Where active travel is a viable option, BetterPoints is the perfect companion to social prescriptions because it helps individuals stay motivated and engaged in their prescribed activities.

At the same time, it enables healthcare professionals to manage the process, track progress and evaluate impact.

BetterPoints programmes are easily accessible through a smartphone app so people can engage with their social prescriptions on the go. The app provides a user-friendly interface for participants to manage activities and rewards effortlessly, and removes barriers associated with physical paperwork and manual tracking.

BetterPoints is perfect for active travel social prescriptions because it:

Encourages participation

BetterPoints motivates people to follow their social prescription by giving them incentives and rewards for undertaking the prescribed activity, such as walking, wheeling, cycling, attending appointments and taking part in events.

They can be sent reminders and motivational messages that are scheduled in advance, triggered by activity or pushed out manually. These can be delivered as emails, push-notifications and in-app messages.

Records activity automatically

BetterPoints allows people to record their active travel automatically, so they don’t need to remember to log their activity.

And because journeys are identified and recorded automatically, health professionals get much more reliable insights from the data than if they were self-reported by the participants.

Tracks progress

BetterPoints lets people track their progress and monitor achievements over time. This provides a sense of achievement and added motivation, which increases the likelihood of behaviour change.

Healthcare professionals and social prescribers can access and share the anonymised data for spotting and monitoring trends.

Personalises recommendations

The BetterPoints app can give tailored suggestions for activities and services based on individual interests, needs, and the specific social prescription. This personalised approach connects individuals to relevant community resources and services that match their preferences and requirements.

Provides valuable feedback and data

BetterPoints’ data analytics capabilities let you build graphs, charts and heatmaps for valuable insights into individual and community-level trends, patterns, and outcomes.

As well as the data, BetterPoints programmes generate rich personal feedback and testimonies through in-app questions and surveys.

Healthcare professionals, social prescribers and local authorities can use this information to evaluate the effectiveness of social prescribing programmes, identify areas for improvement, and make informed, data-driven decisions for future interventions.

BetterPoints has helped thousands of people improve their health and wellbeing. Find out how our programmes can support population health interventions and social prescribing.

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