The Local Government Association has published a report calling for a new culture of self care to reduce the pressures on doctors and hospitals.
‘Helping people look after themselves: A guide on self care’ details the role GPs can play in educating the public on self-care and explores how patients can treat themselves or manage long-term conditions by taking preventative measures to stay fit.
The report makes recommendations including that councils:
- Seek to improve the education, skills and confidence of patients
- Encourage patient participation at every opportunity
- Make use of technology – apps and online help and support
- Work with voluntary sector partners
- Ensure self care messages are joined up and consistent to minimise patient confusion
It includes a number of case studies sharing how councils have successfully introduced self care programmes, including Hertfordshire County Council who are creating a website to encourage people with long-term conditions to get more involved with self management.
The report is available on the Local Government Association website.