A Person-centred approach

Self Management UK is a charity providing support and education to people with long-term health conditions. Our education courses are designed to give the right support at the right time in the right place to people with long-term conditions and their Carers.

We believe people with long-term conditions should feel understood, empowered and supported. We focus on the person and not the health condition. By taking this approach a persons’ support is more co-ordinated and appropriate.

Using the Patient Activation Measure (PAM) Survey

An excellent example of how we break-down the barriers and prioritise person- and community-centred approaches can be evidenced in our work with Southend-on-Sea, amongst others.

Self Management UK uses various evaluation methods, and uses the Patient Activation Measure (PAM) to triage people to the right support at the right time for them by understanding their activation level. This form of service delivery ensures the best outcomes are achieved for the participants and the wider health economy.

To find out more about the Southend-on-Sea project, click here .

Peer support

Our courses are run by people who either have a long-term condition or look after someone who has. These tutors have been through a self-management course and have volunteered to be tutors in order to share the life-changing benefits of self-management education. By engaging volunteers, our programmes have a wider impact on local communities.

 Our aims are:

  • To help those living with long-term conditions to better manage their condition and improve their health and wellbeing
  • To engage healthcare professionals and commissioners to deliver and promote self-management
  • To promote self-management among opinion leaders, policy makers and the government
  • To develop innovative and cost-effective ways to deliver self-management interventions to meet commissioners’ budgets and local health population needs

"Supporting self-management; A guide to enabling behaviour change for health and wellbeing using person and community centred approaches"

This guide is part of the NHS England-funded Realising the Value programme led by Nesta and the Health Foundation and it discusses the benefits of many of the self-management techniques we teach.

The guide outlines how the science of behaviour can help people to self-manage their health and wellbeing. It is written for people who support those living with long-term conditions, or who help people avoid these conditions using person- and community-centred approaches.

Click here to download the full NESTA report.

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