A look at the interesting work of Wessex CLAHRC - GENIE social network tool

Carol Read RN/MSc

Implementation of a social network tool (GENIE) designed to assess, engage and link people into social activities and support engagement with self directed support by Wessex CLAHRC.Knowledge transfer and scaling up use of GENIE - more detail can be found on the Genie website.

A. Navigating networks and negotiating relationships with socially isolated elderly people

This project is part of the ongoing implementation of GENIE in which we will work with our partners in the Isle of Wight to continue embedding the resource in their integrated care processes. Our partners have identified socially isolated elderly people as a focus for the next phase and intend to use a wide range of facilitators. We will revise the website and training to include access to online resources.

B. Mobilising valued activities and resources to support mental health recovery and well-being through social network mapping.

In this exploratory study network mapping will be used to assess people’s personal networks so as to explore the support they utilise to manage their mental health. There will be a focus on understanding the role activities have in maintaining wellbeing.

C. COPD -The GENIE tool will be introduced into the COPD service to identify and understand people’s personal communities of support.

There will be a focus on the social importance and value of maintenance exercise therapy to COPD patients, and the aim will be to further build social capacity in this patient group.

D. Pain clinics - GENIE will be used by HCPs in pain clinics.

We will collect data to allow a health economics case to be built – by capturing return visits to the clinic we will hope to show that use of GENIE will link people to local support and activities and reduce the need for recurrent contact with clinic.

E. Open systems access to LifeGuide Online module – Balance Retraining.

We want to study how networks are used to spread knowledge of a resource – in this case the Online Balance Retraining exercise programme. We will work with local voluntary organisations to plan how they can inform their members about the resource as well as map their contacts with other groups (using GENIE) as a basis for how contagion might spread.