Self-care and prevention
The Self Care and Prevention programme works to support people who live in Bradford district and Craven understand what self-care means and have the skills, confidence and tools to manage and take control of their own health and wellbeing.
Self-care is a term used to include all the actions taken by people to recognise, treat and manage their own health. A person may do this independently or in partnership with the health and care services.
We also want to promote self-care and prevention with our staff – who work in health and care organisations locally and we want to help them to better understand what self-care is and have the skills, resilience, confidence and tools to support people to self-care.
The self-care and prevention highlights for 2017/18 include:
- Workforce training: promoting self-care amongst staff is enabled via the delivery of a comprehensive self-care training programme and so far over 800 staff working in health, social care and the Voluntary and Community Sector have attended. The training is delivered at three levels dependant on the staff role and previous experience of self-care. The levels are:
- Level 1 - Basic awareness and e-learning - an introduction to self care.
- Level 2 - Making Every Contact Count – creating opportunities to encourage healthier lifestyle choices.
- Level 3 - Conversations for Change - in-depth behaviour change training utilising motivational interviewing techniques.
- Community capacity building: provided a huge range of sessions and events to promote and support people to self-care. These activities include Self Care Week 2017, re-launching the ‘Make One Change Challenge’ to over 2,000 people, delivery of the new ‘SMILE - my little book of change’ programme to 123 people and provision of a number of targeted community sessions provided by local Voluntary Care Sector organisations.
- Children and young people: commissioned a new parenting course led by health visitors called ‘DIY Health’ for minor illnesses. We also initiated a number of projects in schools, we developed new resources and training for frontline children’s workers and also planned a young people’s conference in July in partnership with NHS England #selfcareverywhere.
- Prevention: we expanded our health prevention work in 2017/18. We are now partners of the Active Bradford team, helping to secure funding from Sports England for a new local delivery pilot and we are a key partner of the Healthy Bradford Team, addressing obesity and wider health prevention work across the District.
- Community Connectors: Take referrals from GPs and other frontline healthcare professionals to a service that will link people to social activities and community services that can improve a person’s health and wellbeing. A connector can visit each person up to 6 times at home or in a place of their choosing and can support people with social, emotional or practical needs such as social isolation, benefit advice, housing support. The connector can then support them to access these services too. This can include anything from getting a bus pass, accessing groups at a local community centre, starting volunteering or find ways to feel better and may result in reduced numbers of visits to their GP. In 2018/19 the community connector service is expanding its delivery model across the ten new Primary Care Home communities in addition to developing a pilot service based in A & E and also tailoring some extra support for people from Central and Eastern European communities.
Sheffield Hallam University have completed an evaluation of community connectors, following the first year and initial findings showed:
74% of those who accessed the service said that their wellbeing improved as a result of accessing the service.
GP appointments reduced
7% of those referred reduced their regular appointments and early indications show a reduction in A&E usage.
Was almost universally positive about the service with 99% of service users being satisfied with the support received, 99% would recommend Community Connectors to family and friends and 97% said the support was tailored to their needs.
36% of people significantly improved their anxiety and depression, 29% of people improved their ability to undertake their usual activities and 27% improved their pain.