Fact Sheets

To continue with our work of producing free self-care resources to help organisation at the local level, we rely on donations and fundraising. If you find our resources helpful, please donate if you can. 

Sponsoring a Fact Sheet  

Our fact sheets are popular self-care resources.  We are inviting organisations to sponsor an existing or new fact sheet.  For more information about our sponsorship opportunities contact selfcare@selfcareforum.org.  

About the Fact Sheets  

The Self Care Forum fact sheets aim to help clinicians and service-users discuss issues around self-care within the practice/pharmacy setting and especially how to handle the symptoms in the future. They provide patients with information on:

  • Useful facts
  • What people can expect to happen (the natural history)
  • What people can do to help themselves – now and in the future
  • When to seek medical help (the ‘red flags’)
  • Where to find out more

For more details about how the fact sheets were developed see below. 

How were the Fact Sheets developed?
They were produced by the Self Care Forum Trustees using the following resources and partners to help develop the fact sheets:

  • Clinical Knowledge Summaries from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE)
  • Guidelines from the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN)
  • Publications produced by the UK Royal Colleges and major charities
  • Selected major peer reviewed scientific articles
  • NHS Websites (including those in England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales)
  • Patient UK
  • Moorfields Eye Hospital Website
  • NHS National Menopause Clinical Reference Group

The fact sheets were assessed at draft stages by members of the Self Care Forum Board and advisors, many of whom are health professionals.   Self-Care Champions also reviewed the fact sheets, checking them for readability and understanding.  More information is available here. 

The fact sheets have been produced and independently verified by the Self Care Forum, which is responsible for the content overall.   They are reviewed every 2 years by the Self Care Forum Board.   Here is a copy of the review process. 

How can the Fact Sheets be used?

The fact sheets are free to download from the Self Care Forum website and may be printed and distributed without further permission.  If however, the content is altered permission would need to be sought (email selfcare@selfcareforum.org).


We have made every effort to ensure that the content of the fact sheets is correct at the time of publication, but remember that information and self care advice may change. The information provided is for general education only and does not list all the facts, management options and warning symptoms. The fact sheets should only be provided in the context of the GP consultation, where the GP will be able to draw attention to particularly relevant information.