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Self-care and prevention 

The Self Care and Prevention programme works to support people who live in Bradford district and Craven to 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: 

  1. Level 1 - Basic awareness and e-learning - an introduction to self care.
  2. Level 2 - Making Every Contact Count – creating opportunities to encourage healthier lifestyle choices.
  3. Level 3 - Conversations for Change - in-depth behaviour change training utilising motivational interviewing techniques.

Sheffield Hallam University has completed an evaluation of community connectors, following the first year and initial findings showed:

Wellbeing improved

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.

Patient feedback

This 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.

Health improved

36% of people significantly reduced their anxiety and depression, 29% of people improved their ability to undertake their usual activities and 27% reduced their pain.