February 2017
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Welcome to the 18th edition of the Self Care Forum newsletter.

A New Year and a new Self Care Week title, "Embracing Self Care for Life" which has the theme of empowering and engaging people. We hope you will soon start planning your activities for 2017 (13 - 19 November) and to help inspire you, the 2016 Self Care Week evaluation revealed it to be the best year yet with more than 200 local organisations taking part in activities to improve people's health literacy. More details of this, including the full evaluation and an infographic are available in this newsletter. 

Self Care Week 2016: Best Year Yet

An evaluation of Self Care Week in 2016, which has been running since 2009, showed last year’s efforts were bigger and better than those of the previous year.   In fact, year on year, Self Care Week improves markedly with more local organisations, national organisations and more press coverage promoting, supporting and covering Self Care Week and so extending its reach and its chances of helping people look after their health.

In addition to the vast amount of local activity in communities during Self Care Week, a parliamentary debate took place in the House of Commons with Sir Kevin Barron MP concluding “self care and preventive healthcare will be crucial to the future of the nation and its people.”

Commenting on the results of the Self Care Week evaluation, co-chair, GP Dr Pete Smith said “we are delighted with the enthusiasm, excitement and dedication shown by a wide range of individuals and organisations during Self Care Week in supporting and encouraging people to take better care of their physical health and mental wellbeing, and we very much hope that this passion and action continues throughout the year too.”

This year’s Self Care Week, entitled “Embracing Self Care for Life” has the theme of engaging and empowering people.


Self Care could help pay for 1,500 nurses in Great Manchester

According to a Green Paper launched recently by PAGB, £22.5 million could be saved in Manchester each year if additional self care policies were put in place, and these savings could pay for 229 doctors or 1,500 nurses.


PAGB is seeking collaboration with policymakers in Greater Manchester to drive self care in line with the area’s own plans for health devolution and has developed a Green Paper outlining policy initiatives that will empower people in Greater Manchester to take charge of their health and wellbeing.

The Paper has identified several areas where the NHS in Greater Manchester could do more to promote self care for self-treatable conditions, helping to reduce the pressure on local health services and drive cost savings in the region.

Feedback on the proposal is welcomed and the deadline for submissions is 14th March 2017. For more information contact
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Inquiry into Managing Demand in the NHS 

A Group of parliamentarians, the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Primary Care and Public Health, has launched an inquiry into managing demand in the NHS and is keen to hear views about:

  • avoidable GP consultations;
  • collaborative working and
  • policies to manage demand. 

The APPG, which focuses on raising issues affecting primary care and public health in parliament, is keen to shine a light on the growing demand threatening the health service and to develop recommendations to address this escalating problem. The deadline for written submissions is 3rd April. 

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Self Care Week Awards

The Self Care Forum Board has decided to extend the deadline for applications for the Self Care Week 2016 Awards and would like to invite individuals and organisations to share details of their activities from last November for the chance of being awarded a bursary for £1000. For more information contact 

Diary Dates

Self Care Forum, Vernon House, Sicilian Avenue, London WC1A 2QS
Tel: 020 7421 9318 Fax: 020 7405 7719 Email:

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