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NAPC Survey on Digital Healthcare

01/12/2020

Since the start of the Covid pandemic, doctors’ practices have had to look at different ways in which they consult with patients. Many are now using technology such as online or video for remote (non-face-to-face) consultations. It is the case that some citizens/patients – and carers –  will be adversely affected by these changes because they don’t have the skills or access to the technology which would give them the same opportunities to communicate with their practitioner.

The National Association of Primary Care (NAPC) is conducting a survey among citizens/patients and GPs to assess how people are accessing digital health services and to find out about those who are digitally excluded. Findings from the survey will help to explore what can be done to address the issue.

The survey will take no more than 3 minutes to complete, all answers will be anonymized.  Your voice and feedback is important and will help shape the NAPC’s strategy to support those who are adversely affected by the changes in health service access.

Survey details are here.

It's Self Care Week - let's celebrate

15/11/2020

What is Self Care Week?

Self Care Week has been organised by the Self Care Forum since 2011. It is an annual national awareness week that focuses on embedding support for self care across communities, families and generations.

The theme for 2020 is “Live Self Care for Life”.

Available Resources

Whilst at this late state it may be a bit much to arrange a full week of events a range of off-the-peg social media assets are available if you would like to join the choir of voices on twitter during the Week.

You may also like to add something to your website informing your audience about the week along side a logo. Text that you can cut and paste is available on the Self Care Week resources page here.

For more information contact selfcare@selfcareforum.org.

Announcement: Self Care Awards

06/11/2020

Self Care Week is a perfect time to announce the winner and highly commended of our Self Care Coronavirus Innovation Awards as a way of celebrating the inspiring and empowering work taking place in communities across the country, work that is making a difference to people’s lives at a time when they need it most.

We received 43 inspiring and diverse entries, every one of them worthy winners.  Every single one holds strands of learning and best practice which other places can emulate and use to encourage their populations to take affirmative action on self care.

Which is why we are also making their entries available as case studies so that others can learn from their best practice and benefit more people in the population. Below are the eight shortlisted entries and include the winner and four highly commended:

Winner

Sutton Women’s Centre shone through for its incredible empowerment of vulnerable families during lockdown. As well as providing a safe haven, the Centre’s Freedom Programme gives women who have experienced, or are experiencing domestic abuse vital tools to reach their full potential and lift themselves out of their challenging situations.

Case study – Sutton Women’s Centre

Highly commended

Fresh Minds Education and Northern Health and Social Care Trust were recognised because of their “workshop in a box” developed to empower young people aged 14 and over, a group whose needs are often overlooked.  The workshop was based around five steps to wellbeing and delivered to vulnerable young people. Judges also felt that because young people co-created the initiative, it made it all the more powerful.

Case study – Fresh Minds Education

Age UK Lewisham and Southwark’s Safe and Independent Living team initiative was highly commended because it rapidly mobilised community support for its diverse elderly population during the lockdown. Helping 2000 vulnerable and hard to reach people aged 68 and over with prescription collections, food shopping, telephone befriending and by circulating specially designed, chair-based exercise activity packs to help keep people moving.

Case study – Age UK Lewisham and Southwark

Cardiac Rehabilitation Team, Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Eastern Academic Health Sciences Network and Aseptika Limited’s use of technology to support people with cardiac problems during the lockdown led to the initiative being highly commended. Their cardiac rehabilitation services were converted from face-to-face to a technologically enhanced online service monitoring patient’s physical signs at home via an app which also included a process for encouraging patient activation.

Case study – Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge University Hospital, EAHSN and Aseptika Ltd

Kingston GPs and The Sound Doctor impressed judges by delivering self care support at scale.  It introduced a CCG-wide suite of empowering self care videos (Sound Doctor) for patients during lockdown, and included a comprehensive new Qismet accredited online diabetes course.

Case study – Kingston GPs and The Sound Doctor

Buckinghamshire Clinical Commissioning Group was one of the top eight entries because of its support and empowerment of vulnerable self isolating and shielding patients to self-care. Quickly adapting services from face-to-face to online access with excellent use of technology to continue with healthy lifestyle sessions.

Case study – Buckinghamshire Clinical Commissioning Group

Wharfedale, Airedale & Craven GP Alliance also narrowly missed out on being highly commended with its wide comprehensive COVID19 response which included webinars, podcasts and videos to encourage good self-care. Medical students were also tasked with providing welfare calls for the over 70s. There was clearly wide collaboration with local partners supporting 73000 patients.

Case study – Wharfdale, Airedale and Craven GP Alliance

Community Development & Health Network (CDHN) and Mid & East Antrim Agewell Partnership (MEAAP) was another of the top eight. The entry stood out because of its collaboration with community groups who mobilised quickly to organise a prescription delivery service with community pharmacists. The project covered more than half of community pharmacists in Northern Ireland.

Case study – CDHN and MEAAP

For more information contact selfcare@selfcareforum.org

Silver Sponsor: Self Care App Healthily

02/11/2020

Silver Sponsor of Self Care Week 2020

Helping us raise awareness of Self Care Week this year is our new silver sponsor, Healthily. Designed by doctors, used by millions, Healthily is the free, award-winning self care app that helps you look after you every day.

As proud partners of the Self Care Forum, Healthily believes self care can change lives. Healthily gives you the tools you need to understand your health and take the next step – whether that’s seeing a doctor, managing an issue yourself, or making small changes to feel better every day.

Take the best steps for your health by downloading the app today. Get it free.

HARTMANN UKI Launches ‘HOME’ Shared Care Initiative

26/10/2020

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 sharedcareathome.com.

Supporting patients to "self care for life"

19/10/2020

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"

07/10/2020

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.

To join club squeeze in visit: squeezein.life

Ade Williams talks about supporting Self Care Week

28/09/2020

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

15/09/2020

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.”

For updates from HARTMANN – join its mailing list.

Silver Sponsor - L+R Medical

09/09/2020

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.