Self Care Newsletter – August 2016

Welcome to the 14th edition of the Self Care Forum newsletter.

This edition highlights the Annual Self Care Conference and why it is worthwhile registering your place now. We also ask the question “What are you doing for Self Care Week?”  If you haven’t begun preparations then now is the time to start planning in order to make the most of this awareness raising tool.

Also featuring in this edition is the excellent student app that was designed with the intention of helping students and young people that are moving away from home for the first time and who need help with health issues as broad as athletes foot, self-harming and coughs and colds.

Self Care Reduces the need for Rationing


High service demand and funding cuts in the NHS means that many health providers are forced to look at ways of rationing health services and treatments.
Instead, providers and commissioners are being urged to attend this year’s Self Care Conference on 26th September for ideas and inspiration to use self care, not rationing, as a tool to help manage demand.

Taking place at the RCN in London, the Self Care Conference will showcase exemplar self care models and approaches that can be emulated in various health settings to improve health provision.

Here is more information.


What are you doing for Self Care Week (14 – 20 November)?

Helping people to help themselves is a two-way partnership between individuals and the NHS, and engagement is essential if we want people to be more confident, empowered and self-reliant about their health decisions.  This is why health organisations are being encourage to participate in this year’s national Self Care Week in November.

The awareness week provides a focus to promote an abundance of self care messages to help engage people in their health and improve health literacy.  So, whether your message is around appropriate antibiotic use, self-treatment of minor conditions, lifestyle choices, self-management or issues around mental well being, why not use Self Care Week to help empower people in their own health, and their family’s health.

For more details go here. If you would like to subscribe to the Self Care Forum newsletters which includes updates on Self Care Week email.

Do you want to reach health providers and commissioners?


Are health providers, commissioners and front line NHS staff your target audience?  If so why not make the most of sponsorship opportunities at this year’s Annual Self Care Conference being held at the RCN in London on 26th September?  Get n front of your audience cheaply by showcasing your product on an exhibition stand, advertisement or by including an insert in the conference delegate booklet.  Here are further details of the sponsorship package or contact

Self Care Student’s App


ESC Student is a new app developed to help improve student health and increase health literacy among young people. Developed by GP and Self Care Forum Board member, Dr Knut Schroeder together with a team of experts from the Student’s Health Service at Bristol University, and 30 students and health professionals from the wider NHS, the app allows students and young people to answer common questions about their health in seconds and without the need for an internet connection.

The app is certified by the NHS England Information Standard as a source of reliable health information.

Diary Dates

26 September, Annual Self Care Conference, RCN, London
14-20 November, Self Care Week 2016