Where is the evidence?

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 data.

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

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.