Reducing the burden: Cutting costs

We have proven evidence that when people attend a self management uk course, they use their health and social care system less and more efficiently.

A recent pilot showed (within a small sample):

  • 57% reduction in unplanned A&E admissions
  • 22% reduction in GP visits

See here for more information.

Benefits to attendees

The evidence on the benefits of self-management education to the people with long-term conditions is also compelling. People who attend self management uk courses report an improved sense of well-being and better understanding of their condition. With greater ownership, they require less support from healthcare professionals, attend A&E less frequently and feel more confident.

The self management uk course crosses the cultural, gender and age divides – and it is a sure way to enable the patient to be independent and able

Read more about what some of our participants have said about us or visit our volunteers page.

Community benefits

Self management uk has always believed in peer education. Our volunteers have attended a self management uk course and all volunteered with us as they wanted to share the benefits they felt with others in similar situations.

Communities benefit from these volunteers who are local to the courses we run and who promote:

  • self-management and self-care
  • the voluntary sector
  • confidence amongst people with health conditions
  • timely and appropriate healthcare usage

Some of our volunteers go on to take on employment opportunities, either with us or other organisations, benefiting the local economy too.

A social return on investment report is available for you to download.

External reports, evidence and data

We have listed some external reports and data on the benefits of self-management and self-care to the community, the health and social care economy and people with long-term conditions:

  1. Mental Health Foundation "Surviving or thriving", 2017
  2. NHS England "Statutory Guidance for CCGs and NHS England; Involving people in their own care", 2017
  3. The Pharmaceutical Journal, "Demonstrating the patient benefit and value for the NHS of community pharmacy", 2017
  4. NHS England "Follow the value", 2017
  5. NHS England, "Patient Activation Narrative", 2016
  6. Nesta "Realising the Value, Empowering people, engaging communities", 2016
  7. Nesta, "Peer support-what is it and does it work?", 2016
  8. BMC Health Services Research "Patient activation in older people with long-term conditions and multimorbidity", 2016
  9. British Medical Journal "Commissioning of self-management support for people with long-term conditions", 2016
  10. University of Leicester "Independent evaluation of the feasibility of using the Patient Activation Measure in the NHS", 2015
  11. NHS England "The Five Year Forward View", 2014
  12. The Kings Fund "Building the house of care", 2013 
  13. Department of Health "Long-term conditions compendium of information", 2012
  14. Government Policy "The National Framework for the NHS", 2012
  15. The Kings Fund "Long-term conditions and mental health, the cost of co-morbidities", 2012
  16. The Health Foundation "Helping people help themselves", 2011
  17. A Cross-Government Paper, "No health without mental health", 2011