Self Care

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What is Self Care?

Self-care is about:

Empowering people with the confidence and information to look after themselves when they can, and visit the GP when they need to, which (sic) gives people greater control of their own health and encourages healthy behaviours that help prevent ill health in the long-term.” - Self-Care Forum

NHS England has worked with Nesta, the Health Foundation, the National Association of Voluntary and Community Action and others to develop a vision and implementation plans for self-care.

People can be helped to care for their own health through:

• Personalised holistic care plans to achieve personal goals developed collaboratively and with shared decision-making between clinicians and the patient

• Expert Patient Programmes/Self-management Education

• Peer Support

• Health coaching

• Personal health budgets

• Community based resources (e.g. through social prescribing)

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Useful websites

The Self-Care Forum

Supports people and practitioners to promote more self-caring for illness. Their site includes self-help information and learning resources.

The People Hub

An extensive range of information, advice and support aimed at the public and professionals relating to personal health budgets.

Patient Information Forum

A membership organisation. Their website has a wide range of information and resources to help with potentially thorny questions over patient information.

Social Prescribing Network

A network of all interested in social prescribing, including patients, academics, commissioners and statutory and voluntary sector providers.

London Voluntary Service Council/Regional Voices for Better Health

The LVSC/Regional Voices has produced a Social Prescribing Map for London which has information about social prescribing projects and services across the capital.

International Models

Buurtzorg, the Netherlands

A model of autonomous district nurses which has been very successful in improving the quality and outcomes of community based care and reducing demands on secondary care.

Information about other European models of care & services can be found at: