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Government guidance to support self-care

Health Minister Ivan Lewis has today announced seven Common Core Principles to support self-care and enable people to live independent lives by managing long-term conditions.

The principles aim to help staff across healthcare and social care develop the skills needed to provide people with access to training, information and support networks.

Minister for Care Services Ivan Lewis said: "Supporting self-care is consistent with our policy of putting people first. People want control over their lives enabling them, their families and carers to maintain and improve their well-being and independence.

"The common core principles to support self-care are intended to be a resource for reflection, challenge and practice change.

"Their purpose is to enable organisations and all those who work in health and social care, whether as commissioners, service providers or educators, to make personalised services, enablement and early intervention to promote independence a reality."

Minister for Health Services Ann Keen added: "The vision is of people who use services, empowered with advice, support and information, having choice about the services they want, being able to the more responsibility for their health and their lives and a more active role in managing their won care if this is what they want.

"The Common Core Principles to support self-care provide a vital building block in realising the vision."

The seven principles are as follows:

  • Ensure individuals are able to make informed choices to manage their self care needs.
  • Communicate effectively to enable individuals to assess their needs, and develop and gain confidence to self-care.
  • Support and enable individuals to access appropriate information to manage their self care needs.
  • Support and enable individuals to develop skills in self-care.
  • Support and enable individuals to use technology to support self-care.
  • Advise individuals how to access support networks and participate in the planning, development and evaluation of services.
  • Support and enable risk management and risk-taking to maximise independence and choice.

Department of Health