Signposting people in high risk groups

Signposting people in high risk groups to self-management support and information

 

As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, there is an important task across the Personalised Care Group to identify practical ways that we can support people staying at home. Supported self-management is of particular importance to people living with long-term conditions, who are at increased risk of severe illness from coronavirus (COVID-19).

Supported self-management approaches such as health coaching, peer support and self-management education help people to build their knowledge, skills and confidence to manage their own health and care. Evidence shows that when people are supported to increase their knowledge, skills and confidence they benefit from better health outcomes, improved experiences of care and fewer unplanned care admissions which is more important that ever at this time.

This document has been designed to support healthcare professionals to signpost patients with long-term conditions, identified in the high risk groups, to support and information to self-manage at home.

The main charities for specific conditions have published guidance and information for self-managing during this pandemic including access to helplines and online peer support. There are self-management education programmes available on the nhs apps library some conditions and more generally for maintaining a healthy lifestyle as well as lots of information available on nhs.uk.

This document will be continually updated, so if you have any feedback on how this could be further developed or shared then please contact england.patientactivation@nhs.net.

The full information sheet is downloadable here