Self Care Week

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Self Care Week 2018

“Choose Self Care for Life” is the strapline for the 2018 awareness week.  For more resources and images please go to the Self Care Week Resource page.

Self Care Week 2017


Self Care Week is an annual national awareness week that focuses on embedding support for self care across communities, families and generations.

The theme for Self Care Week 2017 was engaging and empowering people and the strapline is Embracing Self Care for Life.

Self Care Week 2016 


The theme for Self Care Week 2016 was “Understanding Self Care for Life.”  A review is available here.

Self Care Week 2015 


Self Care Week 2015 took place from 16th – 22nd November. The theme was ‘Self Care for Life’. The review of Self Care Week 2015 can be found on the Review page

Self Care Week 2014


Self Care Week 2014 took place from 17th – 23rd November.  The theme was ‘Self Care for Life – Be Healthy this Winter’.

The review of Self Care Week 2014 can be found on the Review page

Self Care Week 2013


Self Care Week 2013 took place from 18th – 24th November. The theme was ‘Self Care for Life – Take Control’.

The review of Self Care Week 2013 can be found on the Review page

Self Care Week 2012


Self Care Week 2012, took place from 12th – 18th November.

The review of Self Care Week 2012 can be found on the Review page

Review of Self Care Week 2011

Self-Care-Banner-large2Self Care Week 2011 was a great success. This is testament to the enthusiasm and dedication of Self Care Forum champions, Department of Health and NHS colleagues who have worked hard to make local events happen.

Following local evaluation on Self Care Week activity there is a clear support to make Self Care Week an annual event to be held in November as it sits well with seasonal health messaging including managing cold and flu symptoms.

The Self Care Week 2011 review celebrates some of the national and locally led activity which took place to promote the campaign and an assessment of the success of the Week.

To compliment the review we have developed a presentation to capture the activity visually and a separate document setting out the level of activity in more detail.

Self Care Week 2011 review documents:

Self Care Week 2011 Information & Resources

For a list of all the Self Care Week 2011 resources visit Self Care Week 2011 Resources

Self Care Week 2011 Newsletter

The Self Care Week Newsletter – produced by the team at Self Care Week 2011 – will be keeping you up to date with the latest news on events and activities from now until the end of Self Care Week 2011.

Self Care Week Newsletter – First Edition. Read it here.

Self Care Week Newsletter – Second Edition. Read it here.

Self Care Week Newsletter – Third Edition. Read it here.

Self Care Week Newsletter – Fourth Edition. Read it here.

Self Care Week 2011 Communications Packs

Self-care messages about technology

Technology is changing the way we manage our health
Mobile phone apps help people to manage their weight, diet and exercise as well aslearn more about health related issues and conditions
nformation from the internet can support self care and self management
Education and low level interventions are available on-line
Assisted living aids can help maintain independence and stay safe at home
Consultations can take place via video link to save time and unnecessary travel in rural areas
Telehealth monitoring equipment for people with complex conditions enables them to stay at home, but still stay in touch with their health professionals
On-line support groups help to prevent social isolation.

Self-care messages for the wider public

Self Care is about taking control of your own health and well being
Self Care is how you avoid becoming ill, treat common, everyday illnesses, take medicines and seek help when you need it as well as keeping fit and healthy
People with long term conditions spend on average 6 hours a year with a healthcare professional the rest of the time they take care of themselves
Learning to take care of your health is a good thing – puts you in control, improves your quality of life and helps you live more healthily
There is lots of information and support available to help you to do this
NHS Choices website contains useful information on self care support and links to information on specific health conditions, from commonly occurring symptoms to long term conditions
Your local pharmacist can give you help and advice about your health and wellbeing, and about treating commonly occurring symptoms such as cough, cold, indigestion, muscle aches and pains, which most of us suffer during the year. Your pharmacist’s advice can be even more useful if you have a long term condition
Speak to your local pharmacist, GP or practice nurse about how they can help you take control.

Download the Self Care Week 2011 NHS / social care organisations communications pack here.

Download the Self Care Week 2011 voluntary organisations communications pack here.

Choose Well

choose well pic 2Download the Choose Well social media toolkit.

Press Release: NHS campaigns on the “funny side” of incorrect usage of A&E

A series of viral videos are headlining an NHS campaign launched today (Mon 7 Nov 2011) highlighting some of the most incorrect reasons for patients attending A&E.

Actors from stage and screen gave up their time free of charge to appear alongside NHS staff as characters including women waiting for treatment for hair-dye disasters and botched false nails, a pushy mum desperate for her son to be seen by senior doctors for his diarrhoea, and even a man hoping A&E staff will turn their hands to helping out his poorly dog!

To download the full release click here.

The videos, Vets, Auditions and Nail Bar can be viewed below:

Cold and Flu Campaign Toolkit

Key Messages

Most people suffering from colds and flu can treat their symptoms at home without going to the doctor
Antibiotics do not help get rid of colds and flu
Providing information about colds and flu can help people effectively manage their symptoms through self care and know when it is necessary to go to the doctor.

Download the cold and flu campaign toolkit here.

To download the accompanying cold and flu template press release, click here.

The Life Channel Videos

The Life Channel will be running these three short films just before, and during Self Care Week to raise awareness of the self care choices that are available to people with long term conditions. These films include information on making a care plan, information prescriptions and self management courses. Watch the videos below.

Video 1

Video 2

Video 3


Here is a list of leaflets available to support self care that can be displayed or handed out during Self Care Week 2011. They can be ordered from our DH Publications Order line by calling 0300 123 1002 or visit www.orderline, Please quote the product code when ordering

Product Code Leaflet

296717  Help and Advice for living life well with a long term conditions – patient leaflet

299425 Do you or your child have a long term conditions – care planning patient leaflet

MHFSCW09  Self care for minor ailments Haynes manual (for men)

403298PT  The Pain Toolkit

294348 Guide to Pharmacy Services – How to get the most from your local pharmacy

284682 Get well soon without antibiotics

279234 Questions to ask: getting the most out of your appointment

283706 Appointments – Ask the right questions A4 poster – PDF not available on line

284395 Does your son or daughter have a long term condition? Getting them vaccinated will protect your child from flu

301117 5 A day: what’s it all about – leaflet

287551B Information prescriptions: bookmark for healthcare – PDF not available on line

Useful Links

Visit the Department of Health website for more information here.

To access some of last year’s resources, visit the Department of Health website here.

Prescription Pre-Payment Certificate: people who have a long term condition and pay prescriptions charges for more than 4 items in 3 months or 14 in 12 months could save money by purchasing a Prescription Pre-Payment Certificate(PPC). To download the application form please click here.

European Antibiotic Awareness Day 2011

antibiotics1Every year, European Antibiotic Awareness day is held on 18th November. It is a Europe-wide public health initiative aimed at encouraging responsible use of antibiotics. To view and download materials to support Antibiotic Awareness Day in England, click here.