Evidence 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.