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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.

Read our 'self-care' position statement and tell us what you think. Eiher email your feedback to info@healthwatchhackney.co.uk or call us on 020 7923 8358.

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.


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