Supported self-management


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Supported self-management is part of the NHS Long Term Plan’s commitment to make personalised care available to everyone who wants to live well with an ongoing mental and physical health conditions.

People have a key role in protecting their own health, choosing appropriate treatments and managing long-term conditions.

We use the term ‘supported self-management’ to describe the ways that health and care services encourage, support and help people to manage their ongoing physical and mental health conditions themselves.

The 'support' comes from a range of services with teams that included health and wellbeing coaches, care corordinators and both formal and informal peer support. 

It is estimated one in five people who see their GP are there for reasons that cannot be solved with medical treatment. This inevitably leads to areas of inefficiency in NHS services. 

People with a long-term health condition or disability spend on average only 3-7 hours a year with a healthcare professional. That leaves 8,757 hours of the year when they and their carers are managing the impact that condition has on their lives.

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Updated: 03/10/2022