The country needs Self Care Communities if we are to make real progress on improving health outcomes and reducing health inequalities. This was the recommendation of leading figures at the inaugural Self Care Summit.
The event, jointly organised by the Self Care Forum and the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH), saw representatives from the NHS, Royal Colleges, academia and patient groups meet to examine ways of accelerating self care in the population and help to secure the health of the nation in 10 years’ time.
It was concluded that improving people’s health should not just be the responsibility of the health system and that bringing together local agencies such as housing, local government, health, schools, pharmacy, emergency services, businesses and individuals to support self care can help people achieve optimal health and wellbeing.
In 2019, the Self Care Forum will be collaborating with stakeholders at all levels to create a blueprint for collaborative working on Self Care Communities.