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HARTMANN UKI Launches ‘HOME’ Shared Care Initiative


Supported self-management, i.e. shared care, is one of the six evidence-based components of personalised care to which the NHS has committed (NHS England 2019). Shared care is a key driver for the NHS and is part of the NHS long term plan, encouraging people to take a more active role in their health and well-being, particularly in chronic disease management​.

Wound care is no exception and we can engage with individuals developing partnerships, sharing the care of their wounds and most importantly empowering patients with the tools and confidence to optimise their ability to heal.​

At HARTMANN, we recognise the importance of supporting the health service in providing effective, evidenced based wound management solutions for healthcare professionals. ​​

To develop a positive, shared care partnership in practice, HARTMANN UKI has launched a new initiative – HOME – aimed at helping healthcare professionals introduce and manage shared care solutions to patients at home.

HOME (Holistic, Outline, Manage, Evaluate/Educate) is a complete package aimed at supporting the NHS achieve its long-term plan of encouraging patients to take a more active role in their health and well-being. HOME provides all the support, training and tools needed to create true partnerships with patients on wound care.

Dawn Stevens, Clinical Development Manager at HARTMANN UKI explains, “Shared care is a key driver for the NHS. Encouraging and involving people to self-manage their wound care is increasingly crucial. In order for this to happen, patients need the right tools, information and support to optimise a wounds ability to heal. We therefore developed the concept of HOME to support healthcare professionals and ease the transition into greater shared care.

In a post-Covid world, it is thought that a positive, shared care partnership, will be pivotal to a successful healthcare service moving forward. Not only does it put greater emphasis on the individuals’ participation and therefore the potential success of wound care management, but it could also free up valuable nursing time. Our role is to help facilitate this and support health care professionals in building confidence and ability amongst patients to take this holistic approach.”

Our HOME package helps support the identification, assessment and implementation of wound care partnerships in practice. It includes patient postcards, patient friendly care plans, journals, pathways and a dedicated website to share information.

For further information and updates, please visit

Supporting patients to "self care for life"


Practice Nurse Journal has kindly given the Self Care Forum permission to use its article by Dr Knut Schroder, GP and Expert Self Care founder, and Debbie Brown, practice nurse and Clinical Director of Lewisham CEPN Training Hub, on our website.

The article explains that self care is about giving patients the information, skills and confidence to make informed decisions and take rational actions. Whilst a case study from Debbie Brown illustrates the need for self care advice to be part of the dialogue with patients.

Here is the whole article which is also available online at Practice Nurse Journal. PNJ also offers a trial subscription online.

L&R launches new self care campaign "Squeeze In"


L&R has teamed up with actor and comedian, Johnny Vegas, to launch new self care campaign “Squeeze In”

L&R’s new self care campaign called Squeeze In, will provide people with lower limb conditions the motivation, knowledge and guidance to improve their leg health, so they are able to live life to the fullest.

The campaign, supported by Legs Matter, also emphasises the importance of self-care in boosting self-confidence and empowering those living with a lower limb condition to take control of their leg health.

In lending his support to the initiative, Johnny Vegas shared his own experience of helping his father to manage his venous leg ulcer. He stressed the importance of breaking the taboo around the condition and the value of self care in preventing escalation, as well as helping to empower people with venous leg ulcers.

Read Johnny’s Story in full.

“Later in life, poor circulation meant that Dad’s mobility suffered, but equally, for someone so seemingly carefree, so did his self-confidence. Despite surviving an aneurysm and beating cancer, and being open in doing so, the condition of his legs was not up for discussion. Any query, comment or attempt to lighten the discomfort of this particular ailment was considered by him to be a bit too below the belt.”

“As a staunch ambassador of wearing socks with sandals on holiday, I thought my Dad had peaked in terms of leg embarrassment; body shame was something I never thought I would associate with him,” he said reflecting on his dad’s experience. “It became obvious that he felt that this was a stigma.”

Given his own experience, Johnny is keen to eradicate this stigma by promoting healthy conversation, as well as healthy living, as a means of better managing venous leg ulcers.

Of equal importance, he said, is the need to reassure people with venous leg ulcers that they are not a burden and that seeking medical care is a crucial step in managing the condition.

Do you have a lower limb condition?

Join Club Squeeze In today, where you will receive exclusive access to L&R’s personalised email newsletters to help you manage your leg health, including hints and tips from Squeeze In Ambassador, Johnny Vegas, and other leg health experts.

You will also have access to a Healthy Living Booklet upon signing up. The booklet is an informative and easy-to-use guide aimed at helping people who are self caring with a lower limb condition to Squeeze In healthier living.

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The Healthy Living Booklet explores ways in which people with lower limb conditions, their family and carers, can manage their condition more effectively, it covers; skin care, compression, healthy eating including a meal plan, tips for squeezing in movement and exercise, and the value of maintaining social contact – be it virtual or in person.

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Ade Williams talks about supporting Self Care Week


Blog by Care

Ade Williams talks about supporting Self Care Week and how community pharmacy is at the forefront of its essential ethos

As the most accessible healthcare professionals in the UK, community pharmacists are seen as central to the future of self care.

It’s been widely proclaimed now is the time to place community pharmacy at the heart of self care, a belief cemented by the sector’s frontline response to the coronavirus pandemic as it continues to provide reassuring support to patients.

Throughout the outbreak it’s been at the forefront of providing medicines and self care advice – something which has helped re-shape public attitudes to the valuable role it plays while emphasising the importance of preserving the NHS.

Having championed self care through pharmacy for almost 30 years, we’re backing the call for our highly skilled pharmacists and their teams to lead the self care revolution.

As a brand committed to helping pharmacy provide self-treatment answers to many everyday health concerns, we are supporting the Self Care Forum’s annual NHS-backed awareness initiative Self Care Week, taking place from 16th-22nd November.

And we’re really hoping you’ll join us!

Hartmann - our new Sponsor


Bronze Sponsor

We are pleased to announce our third Self Care Week sponsor, manufacturers of wound and continence products HARTMANN.

Talking of the partnership, Emma Deakin, Marketing Director for UK and Ireland said “we are delighted to support National Self Care Week 2020, which is a great initiative to reinforce the importance of empowering people to care for themselves both mentally and physically.

“The last few months have put an emphasis on the importance of self care and how prevalent this is becoming. The change is on its way and with an ageing population with challenging NHS budgets, everyone needs to rethink their own health, consider how prevention should become the norm over cure, and so show the way for the generations to come.

“At HARTMANN, self care has been close to our heart and we’ve been providing education and guidance to people ,enabling them to live their lives fully, particularly for those who have wounds and / or experience continence challenges. We have recently partnered with Bladder and Bowel Community to offer empowering advice and support, as well as providing LINK – virtual education for wound care, creating partnerships between HARTMANN and health care professionals to support them during this difficult time – going further for health.”

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Silver Sponsor - L+R Medical


We are happy to announce our latest partnership with Silver Sponsor, L+R Medical. Together we will be working to raise awareness of how people can safely and confidently take care of their leg health and where to go for help and advice.

Talking about the partnership, L+R’ Communications and Events Manager Leanne Calladine said, “we are extremely proud to be supporting the UK’s National Self Care Week, to raise awareness of the importance of self care.

“Self care week is a fantastic initiative that emphasises the importance of self care in boosting self-confidence and empowering individuals to better look after their own health and wellbeing.

“L+R has championed self care for a number of years, empowering people to manage their leg health by providing them with the motivation, knowledge and guidance to enable them to live life to the fullest. We have recently teamed up with English actor and comedian Johnny Vegas to launch our new self care campaign – Squeeze in. For more information go to the website.

Food Supplements can help brain development


Research published in The BMJ recently found that giving nutritional supplements to young children in low income countries for around 6 months could improve their brain health.

The results could have important implications for children’s education and national development in low income countries, say the researchers.

At least 250 million children worldwide younger than 5 fail to reach their cognitive developmental potential.  While under-nutrition is not the only factor, it is associated with long term brain impairment.

Researchers concluded that nutritional supplementation for 23 weeks “could improve cognitive function in vulnerable young children living in low income countries, with additional benefits for brain health and nutritional status.”

They point out that these findings could also be very relevant for children living in affluent countries, since many children consume an unhealthy diet, and for other vulnerable groups such as older adults with inadequate nutrition and vulnerability to cognitive impairment.

Latest Newsletter Available


Our latest newsletter, published end July, highlights a new case study by Lancashire Libraries, winners of 2019’s Self Care Week Awards. It has valuable learnings on how to implement an award-winning initiative and is definitely worth a read.

Also included is a recent study on why we’re living longer, but in poor health, how food supplementation can help with brain health, and there is also a mention of our newest Self Care Forum Board Member, founder of Dr Me, an initiative designed to increase school children’s health literacy.

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Care: New Corporate Sponsor


The Self Care Forum is excited to be working with Care as part of its activities for National Self Care Week 2020, to raise awareness about how to self care for self treatable conditions.

Speaking about the partnership, Emma Boyle, Care Brand Manager said “We are delighted to be supporting the UK’s national Self Care Week 2020 and its important awareness campaign to embed self care into everyday life across communities and families.

“The support and emphasis Self Care Week provides to healthcare professionals and organisations up and down the country to promote the ‘Live Self Care for Life’ message is essential – for our future health as a nation as well as helping to preserve the services of the NHS for generations to come.

“Care has championed the self care ethos for almost 30 years, empowering people to self-treat their minor health concerns by offering an extensive range of medicine cabinet essentials while also championing pharmacy as the go-to for advice and over-the-counter remedies.

“The self care ethos now resonates more than ever and Care is extremely proud to be part of a campaign which not only empowers people to take care of themselves but also puts long-term preventative health in the spotlight.”

Pandemic may have changed the way people use the NHS in future


Research commissioned by the trade association for manufacturers of OTC medicines, PAGB suggests that people’s use of the NHS may change following the COVID19 pandemic.

The poll found that A&E and GP services are less likely to be the first port of call for those with self-treatable conditions in future while more people will choose to care for themselves if they can.

More than 2,000 adults took part in the survey which found that among those who previously sought a GP appointment as their first option, more than half (51%) said they were less likely to do so after the pandemic.

Further highlights from the poll:

  • Almost seven out of ten respondents (69%) who might not have considered self care as their first option before the pandemic said they were more likely to likely to do so in future;
  • Almost one in three people (31%) who would not have visited a pharmacy for advice before seeking help elsewhere said they were more likely to do so following the pandemic;
  • Almost one in three people (32%) said the pandemic had changed their attitude to the way they access healthcare services;
  • 77% agreed the pandemic should change the way we think about using GP appointments and A&E services;
  • 86% agreed that A&E and GP appointments should be used only when absolutely essential.