External Resources and Reports

PPG Resource

Self-Care Guide

This Guide was developed by the National Association for Patient Participation (NAPP) especially for Patient Participation Groups to implement activities to support local communities. 

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Home Care is best poster

Poster to communicate the message that antibiotics don’t work on most common illnesses. 

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NHS Resources

Shared decision making aids

NHS England has a series of shared decision making aids, providing evidence-based information to help patients to consider what matters most to them in relation to the possible outcomes, including doing nothing.

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Health Literacy Toolkit

A toolkit which explains what health literacy is, why it’s important and what tools can be implemented by health providers to increase people’s levels of health literacy. 

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3 Questions for better health 

Co-designed with people with a learning disability and autistic people, these easy read resources help people who have learning difficulties understand how to get the best from their health services.  

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ELfL  Health Literacy Course 

This free 30 minute course is for people working in health and social care to support people’s understanding of health information and increase their confidence to be active partners in their care and increase their ability to make better health choices.   

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Happy Maps 

Find professional advice and accurate information on young people’s mental health, all in one place

From preschool to young adults.

For Parents, Young People and Professionals

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Service-user Resources

Migraine Trust 

The UK’s migraine charity, The Migraine Trust, has developed a series of toolkits and factsheets designed to help manage the impact of migraine in school, higher education, and in the workplace. 

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Health Foundation Report

Health in 2040: Projected patterns of health in England

This report by the Health Foundation’s Real Centre and the University of Liverpool, looks at patterns of illness over the next 2o years. It lays out the potential impact of the growth in people living with major illness, and how this will affect people’s use of primary care and emergency health services.

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Insights Report

Self-Care in 2030

An international report looking at the future of health and wellbeing and how we get there.  Focusing on the 7 pillars of self-care, this report provides insights on how to ensure self-care for all by 2030. 

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Self-Care Illustration

7 Pillars of Self-Care

The International Self-Care Foundation attempted to illustrate the different components of self-care, coming up with 7 pillars including health literacy, mental wellbeing, physical activity, healthy eating and more. 

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Self-care competency framework

The World Health Organization (WHO) has produced 10 key competencies for health and care workers to support self-care in their clinical practice. 

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School Resource

Healthy Steps

Public Health England has developed a range of nutrition resources across different subject areas designed for use throughout the school year to encourage pupils to build healthier habits for life.   

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NHS Leaders Resource

Bitesize Learning

Open to anyone in health and care, a series of short guides are available to help people develop new skills and discover new ways to improve their experience of work. 

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Men's Health Report

Who self-cares wins

This report from Global Action on Men’s Health suggests that improved men’s self-care practises would result in better health for men as well as for women and children. 

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Service-user Resource

Menopause and Sleep

Many people will experience bouts of insomnia from time to time, but menopause related insomnia can stretch on for weeks, months or even years if not properly treated. 

This resource from The Sleep Charity has helpful recommendations and advice on what to do when suffering from sleep disturbances due to the menopause. 

Do also take a look at the Self Care Forum’s menopause fact sheet for self care support. 

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Service-user Resource

Resilience poster

This colourful poster has 10 simple tips on ways to protect our mental wellbeing ensuring we become resilient and better able to cope with life’s challenges.   

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HCP E-Learning Course

Learning disabilities course

Health Education England’s E-Learning for Healthcare has produced this e-learning course.  It is a bite-sized session to give health and care professionals and the wider public health workforce an overview of learning disability – including key evidence, data and signposting to trusted resources to help prevent illness, protect health and promote wellbeing.  

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Service-user Resource

Cancer Information

The Health Education England London Pharmacy team has collaborated with BOPA to produce a series of cancer fact sheets, which can be used as a resource for community pharmacists to support their patients.  They were also produced for BOPA’s “Let’s Communicate Cancer” course.

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Information Resource

Producing easy read Info

Everyone should be able to make informed decisions about their health and care. All communications, information and digital tools should be accessible with the option to personalise. Which is why the Patient Information Forum (PIF) has produced a series of posters, to help producers of health information with tips on supporting people through resources and material. 

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Workplace Resource

Poster – managing stress

Mental Health First Aid England has produced a poster which highlights 10 self-care tips to help people manage their stress levels. 

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Also available is a  workplace specific poster which highlights 6 reasons why mental health at work matters.  

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Student Resources

Free Student Health App

Expert Self Care is an award winning producer of health apps. The Student Health App provides young people with instance access to reliable, relevant and reassuring health and wellbeing information and is free to download. 

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School Resources

The Dr Me Project

The Dr. Me Project is an award-winning, innovative health promotion and widening participation programme which aims to encourage children to become more aware of their own health and provide a basic understanding of the management of common childhood illnesses, whilst also inspiring children into healthcare careers.

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2023 Report

Menopause at work Report: Government response

The Self Care Forum’s self-care aware fact sheet on menopause was featured in Government’s Response to the Report Menopause and the Workplace

The report by the House of Commons’ Women and Equalities Commission, published in July 2022 concluded “menopause has been ignored and hidden away for too long. There is nothing shameful about women’s health, or about getting older. Supporting those experiencing menopause makes sense for individuals, for the economy and for society.”

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2022 Report

Tackling mental wellbeing at work

WHO and the International Labour Organization (ILO) have called for concrete actions to address mental health concerns in the working population.

WHO’s global guidelines on mental health at work recommend actions to tackle risks to mental health such as heavy workloads, negative behaviours, and other factors that create distress at work. For the first time WHO recommends manager training, to build their capacity to prevent stressful work environments and respond to workers in distress.

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Service-user Resource

Healthinote – health information platform

Misinformation and poor access to reliable health information leads to avoidable harm and increased costs. To help address these issues, the Cognitant Group set up Healthinote, a data-driven information prescription platform.

It enables doctors, nurses and pharmacists to prescribe trusted health information to their patients; the Self Care Forum’s fact sheets can now be accessed by more than 3000 GP surgeries via Healthinote. 

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