Posted by Beatrice Liddell at 30/06/2015 09:10:55
Many people live with life changing illness for many years, successfully managing their conditions with support from a range of different sources. NHS West Kent Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is committed to supporting patients - and carers – to manage their own health and be involved in health decisions.
As defined by NHS West Kent CCG’s Patient and Carer Group, self-management is: “The ability to live with my condition in my own way, with the best possible support and information so I can make my own medical and lifestyle choices: my life, in my hands, with the best possible support to help me”.
What helps me manage my health?
- This is what patients and carers in west Kent have told us is important to them:
- having a personal care plan, developed with them
- having access to peer and emotional support
- getting involved in social activities to reduce isolation
- information tailored to their needs at different stages of their illness
- being signposted to information and resources
- being involved in decisions about how their health is managed
NHS West Kent CCG is committed to supporting patients - and carers – to manage their own health and be involved in health decisions. We’re really keen to get more people in west Kent involved in these discussions, to help us design the right approaches with and for local people.
This could be by joining a network of people online to discuss this topic and provide feedback, attending face to face meetings, and joining the Health Network. (hyperlink to form/page)
To join or find out more please email firstname.lastname@example.org call 07768 421350.
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