Health & Well-being
Some of the challenges we face
40% of the UK population will be over-65 by 2050
Chronic long-term health conditions now account for 70% of NHS spending
Around two-thirds of UK adults are likely to be overweight by 2030
Over 70,000 children are now ‘looked-after’ by the state
How we are trying to tackle these problems
Across our funds, our Health & Well-being investments have been addressing challenges like these by building high-quality care homes for the elderly; by helping people with long-term conditions manage their health more effectively; by pioneering ‘hospital at home’ services to reduce the pressures on A&E departments; by using community pharmacies to improve health outcomes in underserved areas; by broadening access to affordable health and fitness facilities; and more.
See how our investment in The Gym Group has provided access to affordable fitness facilities to thousands of people across the UK >>
The Hub pharmacy
Bridges created the Hub pharmacy group in 2015. The Hub aims to improve local health outcomes, by providing a number of additional services, such as help with smoking cessation, weight-loss and minor ailments. Many of the pharmacies offer extended hours healthcare services, assisting the urgent care crisis by enabling patients to visit pharmacies late at night or on weekends.
Ways to Wellness
Ways to Wellness is a newly formed organisation which has developed an innovative programme based on the concept of ‘social prescribing’ – the use of non-medical interventions to achieve sustained lifestyle change and improved self-care among people with long-term health conditions.
The SIB-backed programme will work to enhance patients’ abilities to manage their illness, through healthier behaviour, increased community participation and better access to specialist health services, supplementing the support they get from their healthcare professional.
Some examples of our impact
Hours of quality care delivered
Hospital bed days created
Passenger trips for disadvantaged individuals
Our latest News & Views
A new service offering therapy to families in need is to be launched by Norfolk…Read full article 24th January 2019
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Bridges Fund Management (“Bridges”), the specialist sustainable and impact investor, has acquired a majority stake…Read full article 14th August 2018