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At the Department of Health on Tuesday, 10 May 2011, Paul Burstow, Minister of State for Care Services met with 17 members of the Self Care Campaign. The occasion marked the inaugural meeting of the Self Care Forum, whose purpose is to further the reach of self-care and embed it into everyday life. The Minister invited the Self Care Forum to take over the organisation of Self Care Week, a yearly campaign that was started by the Department of Health in 2009. At the inaugural meeting, the Self Care Forum also agreed nine aims within its terms of reference.
Earl Howe, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Quality, endorses the work of the Self Care Forum:
Progress so far
The Self Care Campaign launched in March 2010 and is made up of professionals from key organisations across primary care including the NHS Alliance, Royal College of Nursing, National Association of Primary Care, National Association of Patient Participation and the Proprietary Association of Great Britain (PAGB). Since 2010 self-care has moved into a solutions building phase, focusing on the ‘how’ rather than the ‘why’.
Note from the Self Care Forum
Since the launch of the Self Care Campaign in March 2010 we have made great progress in embedding self-care messages in primary care. Now we are moving into a solution-building phase, focusing on the ‘how’ rather than the ‘why’. The Self Care Forum will help to facilitate this. We have been working hard to bring this forum together for some time and it is great that Paul Burstow has pledged his commitment to self-care. The Self Care Forum looks forward to working with its members, including the Department of Health, to establish self-care as a lifelong habit and culture.
TERMS OF REFERENCE
1. Aim: To widely disseminate excellent examples of self care activities.
Benefit: There will be a greater national awareness of the benefits which well-informed self care brings to people.
2. Aim: To actively engage commissioners, Directors of Public Health, the NHS Commissioning Board and its Area Teams, Health and Wellbeing Boards and Public Health England so that the development of integrated self care is treated as a priority.
Benefit: Self care will be seen by both commissioners and providers as integral to all parts of health care.
3. Aim: To encourage greater use of self care strategies through promoting the RCGP e-learning module and closer working with PPGs.
Benefit: Multi-disciplinary capability will be enhanced and more patients will successfully self care.
4. Aim: Produce and promote a guide on how to bring Self Care Forum products into practice.
Benefit: Increased knowledge for patients, the public and health care workers and the development of widespread best practice will result.
5. Aim: To promote health literacy and self care within schools and higher education institutions.
Benefit: Future generations will be more confident about self care than their parents.
6. Aim: To publish information to help patients safely self care and know when they should consult a health professional
Benefit: Referrals to health professionals will increasingly become appropriate and necessary. Patients will have improved knowledge of and confidence about self care.
7. Aim: Promote Self Care Week
Benefit: Will provide a focal point for self care local and national activities and the dissemination of information across the country
PAGB (www.pagb.co.uk), the national body representing the consumer healthcare industry is a member of the Self Care Forum. PAGB provides the Secretariat for the Self Care Forum and sponsors the Self Care Forum’s website. We would like to make it clear that the views expressed by the Self Care Forum Board and self care champions are entirely their own.
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