18 November 2019
The Self Care Forum is marking the start of Self Care Week 2019– theme ‘Think self care for life’ – with the launch of an easy to use e-learning package aimed at helping GPs, nurses, pharmacists and other health professionals incorporate self care messages in their consultations.
“Successful self care aware consultations”, developed in partnership with health professionals and patient representatives, was commissioned by NHS England to support its guidance on non-prescribing in primary care of items which can be obtained over the counter.[i]
The e-learning package aims to equip healthcare professionals with the knowledge and skills to conduct “self care aware” consultations to support people to have the confidence to better look after their own health when it comes to self-treatable conditions.
Self Care Forum president, Dr Peter Smith, who has been conducting self care aware consultations for many years, believes self care is better care. “As a GP, I discovered over 30 years ago that people want to look after themselves as well as they can and want to be reassured they are getting it right.
“By including self care messages in as many contacts as possible we can help them achieve this. And, whilst there’s lots of pressure on all our time, this online course can help GPs incorporate self care within the confines of a 10 minute consultation.”
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