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Self-care and Digital Innovation

Definition of Self-Care (World Health Organisation 2009)

‘Self-Care is the ability of individuals, families and communities to promote health, prevent disease, and maintain health and to cope with illness and disability with or without the support of a health-care provider.’

 

Self-Care Forum at www.selfcareforum.org

The Self-Care Forum was set up in May 2011 to further the reach of self-care and embed it into everyday. Below is the Self-Care Forum’s explanation of why self-care is good for people:

‘Empowering people with the confidence and information to look after themselves when they can and visit the GP when they need to, gives people greater control of their own health and encourages healthy behaviours that helps to prevent ill health in the long term. In many cases people can take care of their minor ailments, reducing the number of GP consultations and enabling GPs to focus on caring for higher risk patients, the very young, older people, managing long-term conditions and providing new services’.

 

A Self-Care and Digital Resource Guide – Looking after yourself and the people you care for

Shropshire Partners in Care is working in partnership with Health Education England and the West Midlands Social Care Partnership to raise further awareness about self-care and digital innovation. As part of this work we have produced a Self-Care and Digital Resource Guide which is now available to view and download on the Shropshire Partners in Care website. It contains click-able links to local self-help information and resources and carers groups in Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin as well as links to more general self-care help and digital resources.

Click here to view or download the Self-Care Resource Guide:

You can also visit the Health Education England website for further information and links to self-care resources to support person centred care at http://learning.wm.hee.nhs.uk/self-care

"Working together with the People2People team to share information about Self-Care and Local Support Swap at an event with Unpaid Carers at the Mascall Centre in Ludlow on 2nd March 2017"

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