The Marjon Health and Wellbeing model delivers person-centred support to encourage healthy lifestyles for all. It is simple and easily scaled so that it can be adapted to suit a range of conditions and diseases.
The Marjon Health and Wellbeing model is:
Our programmes are suitable for all as we focus on the person, focusing on prevention as well as treatment and recovery times. Our model addresses the major economic strain affecting our health service right now. It can help prevent patients from developing other noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), reduce medication, and reduce visits to GP surgeries or hospitals so that these resources can be freed up.
For over 10 years we have run non-medical physical activity based programmes with Sentinel Health Care to help people manage their back pain. This involves encouraging those with back pain to start being more active, as well as wellbeing advice on sleep and nutrition, and education on how pain works in the body.
Students are involved with helping guide patients through various activities such as Nordic walking, using the gym and pool, as well as general strengthening, core exercises, and stretching.
Moving more and getting active during or after cancer treatment can help prevent or manage some of the side effects. The Move More project encourages groups of cancer patients to get moving again with motivation and support from our staff as well as free access to Marjon's gym and pool for the duration of their programme.
Our Cancer Prehab project improves conditioning prior to surgery, producing better results in surgery and helping patients recover more quickly. This work is part of a wider project with Plymouth NHS Trust utilising interval training and support to improve cancer patient fitness and subsequent outcomes of surgery.
Our partnership with Livewell Southwest started in January 2017 with our pilot group helping people with leg ulcers improve their leg health and circulation through seated exercise and nutrition advice. This has since become a full service and spread to six venues across South West Devon.
The long-term conditions project is a new initiative started in June 2019. Again working with Livewell Southwest we deliver a six week programme to help local people who have been recently diagnosed with a long term condition so that they learn how to manage their health more effectively.
Marjon Health and Wellbeing and Ernesettle Health Centre are collaborating on a groundbreaking project which could prompt a fundamental rethink in how healthcare is delivered.
Ernesettle Medical Centre has received a grant from the Health Foundation to support the project, which centres on the provision of group sessions, with both a GP and a Health Coach, for patients suffering with persistent pain. The project will investigate whether shared medical appointments, that bring together medical and non-medical aspects of pain management, in tandem with group discussions, can give patients using opioid medication to manage chronic pain more control over their condition.
Starting in July 2019, we are also running a GP referral exercise programme in a gym on-site at the medical centre at Ernesettle.