"Self care includes both self care and self management. Self care is about individuals taking responsibility for their own health and wellbeing. Self management is about individuals making the most of their lives and coping with difficulties and making the most of what they have. It includes managing and minimising the way conditions limit individuals’ lives as well as what they can do to feel happy and fulfilled to make the most of their lives despite the condition" Skills for Health (2008).
For self care to be a successful strategy it needs to be promoted by healthcare professionals, who also need to offer support to individuals. Healthcare professional must work to create an environment for self care, which starts with recognising the importance of self care activities at all stages of the care planning process. Healthcare professionals can also provide support and resources to assist individuals in managing these activities. Example include: Patient education, self care skills training, health and social care information, care plan approach, self diagnostic tools, self monitoring devices, peer support networks and home adaptations.
The course looks at the four elements of supporting self care: Skills, Tools, Advice and Networks (STAN)
On completion of this Virtual College course learners will be able to:
- Have a broad knowledge of what self care is
- Be aware of ways in which healthcare professionals can offer guidance and support to individuals
- Have a basic knowledge of the seven "Common Core Principles to Support Self Care"
- Be able to offer examples of how each of the STAN elements can support self care activities
Sections within the course include:
- Welcome and Learning Objectives
- Self Care Overview
- STAN and Self Care
On completion of this course you will be able to download a Virtual College certificate.
Approximately 1 - 2 hours. The length of time taken depends entirely on how quickly you can study and absorb the material. You can proceed as quickly or slowly as you like, and there is no limit on how long you can take to do the course.
This course is aimed at the Healthcare professionals and support workers as well as community nurses.
There are no specific entry requirements for this course.