This week is Self Care Week, 12-18 November 2012. Self Care Week is an annual national awareness week that focuses on embedding support for self care across communities, families and generations.
In this video, Minister of State for Care and Support Norman Lamb describes the purpose of Self Care Week.
The theme of this year’s Self Care Week is ‘Self Care for Life - growing older healthily’, which builds on the European Active and Healthy Ageing initiative on improving the health knowledge of patients and the public as they get older.
Resources for Self Care Week 2012 are available to help NHS, social care and voluntary sector organisations run local initiatives.
Norman Lamb launched Self Care Week 2012 at the Annual Self Care Conference on 8 November and he said:
“Self Care Week is all about enabling people to have greater control over their health and care. This not only requires changes in behaviour and attitudes, but new ways of working where NHS organisations and healthcare professionals change the way they promote self care to patients so they can become experts in their own care.
“We know that having the right information and support is vital in giving people the confidence to take greater control of their care, but this all depends on better integration of health and social care services, supported by the valuable contribution that the voluntary sector can make to people’s care, alongside the continuing support of families and local communities.”