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Self Care Conference Report: Longer Lives but in poorer health

First the good news – life expectancy in the UK is rising. Today, at current rates, one in five boys and one in every three girls aged five will live to celebrate their 100th birthday.

But there is also bad news – while people are living longer, they are also spending more of their extra years in poor health. Moreover, not everyone is sharing in the overall trend towards longer living; in 2013, if you were living in the most deprived areas of the country, you could expect to be only just getting close to the life expectancy levels enjoyed by less-deprived groups way back in 1990, the Self Care Forum (SCF)’s annual Self Care Conference, held recently in London, has heard.

Conference Report

Presentations from the Conference:

Jan Procter-King, Et Al Training 

Self Care Conference Sponsorship and Exhibition Opportunities for 2017

Self Care Conference delegates are a broad mixture of health experts in general practice, clinical commissioning groups, pharmacies, local authorities, third sector as well as NHS England and Public Health England.

An inexpensive package of opportunities will be available for the 2017 Self Care Conference which will include hiring an exhibition stand, delegate booklet advertising and logo publicity.  For more details on sponsorship opportunities please contact

Self Care Conference 2015

conference15The 2015 Self Care Conference was on the theme of ‘Achieving Self Care for Life’ and took place on 11th November.

The conference showcased a forthcoming student health app, health literacy, presentations on exemplar Self Care Week campaigns, inspirational local pharmacy initiatives, CLANGERS, and insights from a People’s Panel on how to support people to look after their health better.

The co-chair of the Self Care Forum, Dr Pete Smith took us on a journey of self care and highlighted the next phase of the Self Care Forum which will be known as the Self Care Foundation.

To download the full conference report click here

The full report which is also separated into three smaller reports below for a shorter read:

  1. Self Care is Crucial for NHS Survival
  2. Getting Serious about Prevention
  3. Public Health is Crucial for Self Care

The conference presentations can be downloaded below:

Self Care Conference 2014

canselfcareplugThe Annual Self Care Conference was held in London on 10th November 2014 with the theme of  ‘Can self care plug the £30 billion NHS gap?’.

The conference was attended by delegates from Clinical Commissioing Groups and NHS organisations and was aimed at helping those working in the NHS to implement self care strategies for demand management.

The conference presentations can be downloaded below:

To download the full conference report please click here

The following video was played as an introduction to the day’s proceedings:

You can also watch video clips from the Annual Self Care Conference below:

Earl Howe speaking about ‘engagement today':

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath speaking about ‘Engagement: Implementing health policy':

Earl Howe and Lord Hunt of Kings Heath panel discussion:

Self Care Conference 2013

conferencepanelThe Annual Self Care Conference was held in London on 12th November 2013 with the theme of  ‘Self Care for Life – Take Control!

The conference was aimed at health professionals and NHS organisations to help them find ways to address demand, reduce workload and support self care.

The conference presentations can be downloaded below:

To download the full conference report please click here

Earl Howe, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Quality, gave the conference opening speech which you can watch in the video below:

Self Care Conference 2012

The Annual Self Care Conference was held in central London on 8th November 2012 with the theme “mission impossible”.

The aim of the conference was to stimulate debate on whether it is an impossible task to change how the NHS and health professionals promote self care; and whether patients have sufficient confidence to make the change towards self care, whether it is to manage their everyday health problems like coughs and colds, or to care for long-term health conditions as we age.  Expert speakers shared their views on what needs to change to make self care happen.

To read the full conference report please click here

The presentations are available to download below and Norman Lamb MP’s opening speech can be viewed on You Tube:

Self Care Conference 2011

The 12th Annual Self-Care Conference took place 8 November, RIBA, London, 9.30am – 4.30pm. It was hosted jointly by PAGB, the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP), Royal College of Nursing (RCN) and National Association for Patient Participation (NAPP).

Download the  delegate booklet for the agenda, speaker profiles and attendees.

Download the official report of the conference.

Mike Farrar CBE, chief executive, NHS Confederation spoke via video link. To watch the video please click here.


The 12th Annual Self-Care Conference took place on 8th November 2011 on the theme of ‘Behavioural change for better health, better care and better services’. This video clip shows the highlights from the event.

Paul Burstow MP, Minister for Care Services, opened the 12th Annual Self-Care Conference and used his speech to launch Self Care Week 2011.

Stephanie Varah, CEO of the National Association of Patient Participation (NAPP), launched a NAPP project to support practices in providing self-care support to patients.

The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) launched the e-learning module ‘Supporting self-care for minor ailments’.

Members of the Self Care Forum discuss the Forum’s current work programme and next steps.

Speaker Presentations

Download speaker presentations from the day by clicking on the names below.

Denise Hampson

Dr Ben Riley

Jean Arrowsmith

Lynn Young

Michael Holden

Professor Mike Pringle

Professor Nigel Sparrow

Stephanie Varah

Steve Boorman