The national clinical lead on quality and productivity at the Department of Health, Sir John Oldham believes self care is not just a “nice” thing to do. Speaking to Pulse Magazine he said it leads directly to improved clinical outcomes. “The NHS” he said “is not sustainable unless we embrace more actively the users of the service in care itself and it is now a necessity.”
Sir John leads the QiPP agenda, Government’s programme central to making £20bn efficiency savings in the NHS and self care is a huge part of these efficiency savings. The Lead, who is also a GP from Derbyshire, is keen to have front line staff receive training to help their patients self care and is encouraging Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and GP practices to implement training in order to educate patients into taking responsibility for their health.
The e-learning course that PAGB worked on with the RCGP (the RCGP online course supporting self care for minor ailments) is an ideal training tool for this purpose.
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The 18th April 2012 edition of Pulse also ran a letter from the Self Care Forum Board endorsing Sir John Olham’s belief that self care is more than a “nice” thing to do. The letter stated that “self care should be an integral part of the healthcare system, requiring a holistic, pan-NHS approach to give patients consistent messages on individual responsibility. This goes beyond the GP – encouraging self care should be a core tenet in every primary care, secondary care, A&E or 111 interaction including advice from NHS Direct and NHS Choices.”