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Self Care Week 2018 Resources
Self Care Week is an annual national awareness week that focuses on embedding support for self care across communities, families and generations.
Choosing Self Care for Life is the strap line and organisations are being encouraged to use Self Care Week as a hook to help people choose self care for a healthier, happier life.
For ideas on how to run Self Care Week please see “Successfully Delivering Self Care Week: Case Studies and Practical Advice.”
A communications document is also available with helpful tips and ideas.
A £500 prize is available for the winner of the best Self Care Week initiative. See the criteria for details.
The following materials are available to download below:
Click on the links to download, then right-click to ‘save image as…’:
For EPS versions that can be opened using Illustrator etc. please contact Libby.Whittaker@selfcareforum.org
Self Care Week poster
Click on the link to download:
Self Care Week Banner (5ft)
If you are holding events as part of your Self Care Week activities, why not use banners to attract attention?
(Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for the artwork).
For use on waiting room information screens.
Click on the link to download, then right-click to ‘save image as…’:
It is advised to contact your local media with details on your activities for Self Care Week and below are three template press releases or you to use.
Press Release 1 – Prevention
Press Release 2 – Community Pharmacy
Press Release 3 – A&E
(To be updated, contact email@example.com for further details).
Poster: Can the Pharmacist help with your symptoms?
Here is a poster signposting to the pharmacist for twelve common ailments that people often visit the GP with. Corresponding fact sheets are also available for each of the 12 ailments and can be used during interactions to support people to self care.
Leaflet: When will I feel better?
A helpful guide on how long you can expect the symptoms of cough, colds, sore throat and nasal congestion to last, what you can do to get better and the warning signs to look out for which mean you may need to seek professional help.
The leaflet also explains that antibiotics are not an effective treatment for winter symptoms such as cough, cold, sore throat, flu or nasal congestion.
It was produced by PAGB for the NHS Stay Well This Winter campaign.
It can be downloaded below:
When will I feel better? (print version – If you are printing this leaflet on both sides of paper, you may need to select “Flip on short edge” in your printer settings)
Treat Yourself Better poster
This poster has been produced for the ‘Treat Yourself Better with Pharmacist Advice’ campaign. It can be used to remind patients that antibiotics do not help common winter ailments and how long they can expect the symptoms to last for. It promotes the pharmacist as the first port of call for advice on winter ailments.
Click here to download:
Treat Yourself Better with Pharmacist Advice GP Poster
Leaflets, posters and guides
Here is a list of leaflets and posters available to support self care that can be displayed or handed out during Self Care Week.
Unfortunately these are not available as printed copies, however you can download and print off yourself.
- MHFSCW09 Self care for minor ailments Haynes manual (for men)
- 403298PT The Pain Toolkit
- 279234 Questions to ask: getting the most out of your appointment
- 301117 5 A day: what’s it all about – leaflet
Other downloadable leaflets:
- RCGP’s Conjunctivitis Poster
- PAGB consumer leaflets on colds and flu, pain and allergy
- Medicine Cabinet poster
- Self Care Forum fact sheets
- Materials to support Antibiotic Awareness Day in England (Whilst this link takes you to the 2011 Antibiotics Awareness Day campaign material with posters and leaflets, these are not dated and so are still relevant to use.)
- Home care is best poster
- RCGP TARGET antibiotics resources
- Make the right call – Helping you look after yourself this winter
- When should I worry-Booklet_England-with 111 service
Helpful website links:
- Change your life with art: Keeping well in mind and body is something we all aspire to.
This resource shows you new ways to approach wellbeing, through learning to harness your natural creativity.
- NHS Choices – Self Care Week
- Interactive self care learning resource from skills for care
New interactive self care learning resource helps social care staff to promote independence.
- NHS Choices – About health costs
Ways of helping patients with their health costs.