What should ‘self-care’ mean for City and Hackney patients?
Healthwatch Hackney is seeking views on ‘self-care’ and what it means for people who use or depend on local health and care services.
NHS England and local health services are pinning hopes on greater ‘self-care’ and ‘prevention’ to cut demand for services.
NHS transformation plans are aiming to cut healthcare spending by asking and expecting patients to do more for themselves.
Self-care includes adopting healthier lifestyles or patients managing minor ailments with over the counter medicines without a prescription or without consulting a GP.
Healthwatch Hackney has drafted a ‘position statement on ‘self-care’ in response to this key shift in NHS strategy.
We are seeking feedback from local residents on what ‘self-care’ should mean in the context of local healthcare.
Our draft statement welcomes moves to promote healthier lifestyles but highlights how ‘self-care’ can be much harder for some residents.
Poverty, mental ill-health and disability can limit some people’s capacity to ‘self-care’ effectively.
Healthwatch Hackney argues that local services must properly recognise this disadvantage.
Have you say on ‘self-care’ in City and Hackney at our NHS Community Voice ‘Looking after Yourself’ event on 15 November, 10.30am to 2.30pm at Hackney Central Library, Reading Lane.
The drop-in event includes free massage, smoothie bikes, information on mental health support services, diabetes checks and free fruit for early birds.
In the video below, Courtney King, chair of Hackney's sickle cell support group, talks about shares how he uses self-care to help manage the condition.