NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde has been named ‘Self Management Supporting Health Board of the Year’ for its work on self management at an awards ceremony at the Scottish Parliament.
The ‘Celebrating Self Management’ awards from the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland recognised the work NHSGGC does to enable patients living with a range of long term conditions, such as Coronary Heart Disease (CHD), diabetes, respiratory illness, pain and stroke, to understand their condition and improve their confidence in managing their illness.
NHSGGC Director of Public Health Linda de Caestecker explained: "It is important that anyone living with a long term health condition feels empowered to deal with that condition, to recognise changes and know how to seek help and intervention as needed. This is about working together with health professionals to treat and care for this condition so that the patient still has the fullest life possible, where they feel listened to and fully involved in their treatment and management of their illness.
"More and more people are living with long term conditions, so it is important that they are fully enabled to make decisions about their care, in partnership with their health-care professional. All the evidence shows that proactively managing a long term condition is much better than reacting to it when problems occur. Just a few simple lifestyle changes can be highly effective in reducing the impact of an illness or the likelihood of complications."
At the moment we have developed self management approaches for those conditions where there is an already established Managed Clinical Network (MCN). MCNs bring together groups of health professionals, organisations and patients, working together in a co-ordinated way to ensure that patients receive the right services for each condition and the highest overall quality of care. Managed Clinical Networks also link closely with voluntary sector organisations, such as Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland, Diabetes UK and the British Heart Foundation, who also provide invaluable support to people living with these conditions.
Dr de Caestecker continued: "Buddying and peer support opportunities allow patients to build up more knowledge from people who best understand what it is like to live with a long term condition. We want as many people as possible with long term conditions to enjoy a good quality of life as active contributors to our communities, equipped with the knowledge, skills and confidence about managing their condition, with the support of health professionals.
"Self management deserves greater recognition as a vital component of our long term conditions programmes, ensuring that our patients, their families and their carers get maximum benefit from the many different services which exist to help them. Equipping patients with the right knowledge and skills for self management has a key role in improving the health and wellbeing of people with long term conditions, keeping them as healthy as possible for as long as possible, and ultimately reducing the impact of long term conditions on the health of our population"
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