Self Care

 

Wakefield CCG is leading on a district-wide Self Care Strategy, as part of the Connecting Care+ programme, to enable more people with long-term conditions to feel confident in managing their health and wellbeing independently.

 

Self care includes all the things people do independently to recognise, treat and manage their health. This includes things like:

 

  • Treating minor ailments such as coughs, colds and tummy upsets
  • Managing a long term health condition
  • Maintaining a healthy and balanced diet
  • Getting enough exercise
  • Stopping smoking
  • Knowing where to find information or localsupport that can help
  • Taking steps to improve mental wellbeing.

 

As part of the Self Care Strategy, Wakefield launched a new self care tool in June 2017. The Patient Activation Measure (PAM) Tool is a mechanism used to measure people’s level of knowledge, skills and confidence in managing their own conditions.

 

Wakefield CCG has been awarded 2,000 licenses from NHS England, over a three year period, to use the Tool to help tailor local programmes and provide insight on behalf of the patient, to the type of support that will offer the most benefit. The Tool is currently being utilised with patients that have long-term health conditions, and is currently accessible through the Live Well Wakefield Service, alongside WDH’s Wellbeing Team. Four Wakefield GP practices are also using the PAM tool as part of their care planning processes.

 

From July to November 2017, over 60 patients have taken part in assessments. Findings have shown that the greatest completion rate is from those individuals who are measured as “Level One” on the PAM Tool, these are those who are more typically disengaged with managing and understanding their own health and wellbeing needs. 73% of these Level One individuals increased their score, and improved their level on the PAM tool following their participation in a self care programme.