Self Management Support

What was the issue you were addressing or working on?

This test of change is to determine

  • if with initial support individuals can learn to self manage their condition
  • if by self managing, individuals have increased wellbeing
  • by self management, individuals self report a decrease in formal medical and social support
  • if there is a reduction in the prescribing of anti- anxiety drugs.

What you did?

Self management support workers have been employed to work with individuals across Dumfries & Galloway who have long term conditions or are carers. The support worker takes a community development approach to create self sustaining opportunities with individuals to support them to manage their condition. This has included the development of Tai Chi which improves physical activity levels and wellbeing. Linked to this project are two GP practices, testing a model of social prescribing. This approach is to encourage people to self manage by accessing supports in their community rather than being prescribed medication for low mood or anxiety.

These activities are supported by the Change Fund.  The self management classes/groups/sessions such as physical activity and arts based sessions are developed with the individuals who wish to self manage their condition.

These happen in every community in Dumfries & Galloway.


What were the outcomes - benefits or otherwise?

To date (October 2013) 268 individuals including 46 carers have benefited from an intervention.  This project started in early 2013, the personal outcomes are not known yet, but likely to be realised in 2014.


Contacts - to find out more

Thomesena Lochhead, tlochhead@nhs.net