Why self-management matters Evidence Prevention 15 million people That's nearly 1 in 4 people in the UK who have at least 1 long-term condition. In some of the areas in the UK where we have been commissioned, the number of people with 2 or more conditions can be as much as 20% of the local population. Our work helps to reduce the risk of the development of further conditions in people with an existing long-term condition. Our support and courses educate people on how to look manage their condition better and consider: healthy eating exercise good adherence to prescribed medication how to communicate better with their healthcare team, their family and friends which service to go to for support how to deal with stress and anxiety and manage their mental health better Knowledge, Skills and Confidence Self-management is about improving the knowledge, skills and confidence a person has to better manage their own health. These 3 factors are addressed on our courses and are not dependant on a person having a certain health condition. Improving peoples knowledge, skills and confidence and encouraging behaviour change in their approach to managing their health has been proven to lead to: more effective use of health and social care services better medicines adherence less unplanned A&E visits fewer GP appointments For a detailed view, see our evidence section.