What is self-care?
The Self Care Forum’s definition of self care is:
The actions that individuals take for themselves, on behalf of and with others in order to develop, protect, maintain and improve their health, wellbeing or wellness.
Why is it important?
According to the Kings Fund, an estimated 15 million people in the UK are living with long term conditions (LTCs). Many people do not feel confident in self-managing their conditions, but by completing relevant training and being provided with the right technology, they can build confidence and rely less on health professionals. This will also reduce costs for the NHS and the number of unplanned hospital admissions.
What have the Eastern AHSN been doing to support self-care in the region?
Eastern AHSN has been supporting STPs in the east of England to enhance their plans for supported self-care or self-management through the development of a range of projects The projects include:
- Docobo care portal for remote monitoring in Cambridgeshire
- Digital Primary Care implementation guide
- uMotif self-care tracking in Suffolk primary care
- Cambridgeshire Hearing Help – psychoeducational workshops and digital education programme for suspected hearing loss
- Cambridge Community Services and Best Beginnings Baby Buddy app – digital support for pregnancy and children support
To access the current resources available for each project please click on the link above. For more details on any of these projects please contact STPsupport@eahsn.org