• Looking at the impact of self-management support, approach that health services can use to support people with long-term conditions to manage their health and health care even better.
  • Supporting four health economies that are already engaged in self-management support to find out more about how to effectively deliver self-management support and to share their learning with others.
  • Continued funding for sites who had taken part in Co-creating Health

Self-management support is now being piloted around the UK, and evaluations are revealing valuable insights into this new approach. There are indications that some activities can make a real difference – for example, helping clinical teams to enable and support patients, supporting the patients themselves to become more involved in their care, and redesigning local health services to support this new approach.

To gain stronger evidence about the impact of self-management support and how best to implement it, the Health Foundation is funding four health economies that are already engaged in self-management support to find out more about how to effectively deliver self-management support and to share their learning with others.

Ultimately, we want to use these findings to encourage wider implementation of self-management support, to enable people with long-term conditions to achieve better health and a better quality of life.

This work is building on that of Co-Creating Health. The programme focused on three areas of activity:

  • helping people with long-term conditions to develop the skills, confidence and support they need to manage their condition
  • helping clinicians develop skills, knowledge and attitude to support and motivate people with long-term conditions
  • changing health systems so that they encourage and facilitate self-management.

In 2011 the programme entered Phase 2, with continued funding for some of the original sites to spread Co-creating Health and make it locally sustainable.

During 2013, we have funded four of the sites that have already demonstrated a leading commitment, capability and continuous learning approach to actively embedding self-management support into routine care. Through our funding, they will now do further work to deliver and develop their programme of self management support to build the evidence of what works.