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About our courses

Our courses and supporting material are based on The Co-creating Health programme aimed to embed self-management support within mainstream health services across the UK and equip individuals and clinicians to work in partnership to achieve better outcomes.

The programme focused on three equally important factors which determine how much individuals are able to play an active role in managing their own health:

    • Giving people with long-term conditions the skills, confidence and support to self manage.
    • Helping clinicians to develop the skills, knowledge and attitude to support and motivate people with long-term conditions.
    • Changing health systems so that they encourage and facilitate self management.

Each of these information and training programmes focused on the three enablers: goal setting, shared agenda setting and goal follow up. The courses were a subject of a full evaluation. Reports on the programme can be found https://www.health.org.uk/funding-and-partnerships/programmes/co-creating-health

Following completion of phase two the materials were fully reviewed based on evidence and feedback and updated.

Impact

Particular examples of impact include:

  • In Wandsworth, people with depression used significantly fewer consultant appointments and bed days, and had reduced anxiety and depression.
  • In Haringey and Islington, people with diabetes had improved clinical outcomes (glucose control, lipids and renal function).
  • In Torbay, people with depression were less likely to have consultations with specialists at the mental health trust.
  • Several sites reported reduced DNA (did not attend) rates for appointments since the programme was introduced, particularly where individuals had received agenda-setting prompts prior to their appointments.