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.
Eastern AHSN has been supporting STPs in the East of England region to enhance their plans for supported self-care or self-management over the past 12 months and is currently supporting five projects:
- Active+ rehabilitation for those with cardiac conditions in Huntingdonshire
- Active+ for cancer patients in Huntingdonshire
- Docobo Care Portal for remote monitoring in Cambridgeshire
- Lea Valley Health platform for self-care in Essex
- uMotif self-care tracking in Suffolk primary care
We have also just launched a call for applicants interested in participating in a community based self-care projects. If you are a health care provider, commissioner, third sector or voluntary group, interested in enhancing self-care for your local population then you can access more information here.
Our “Enhancing self-care – one year on” event took place on 16 November 2017 and saw the launch of the Active+ implementation pack. A simple guide to adopting the model successfully delivered in Huntingdonshire, you can download the implementation pack and associated resources here.
Lessons learned from other projects and films with participants telling their story are available for viewing
“People have a key role in protecting their own health, choosing appropriate treatments and managing long-term conditions. Self-management is a term used to include all the actions taken by people to recognise, treat and manage their own health. They may do this independently or in partnership with the healthcare system”.
Source: NHS England – Supported self-care programme