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Nesta is an innovation foundation. For us, innovation means turning bold ideas into reality and changing lives for the better. We use our expertise, skills and funding in areas where there are big challenges facing society.

Self-management education includes any form of formal education or training for people with long-term conditions which focuses on helping people to develop the knowledge, skills and confidence to effectively manage their own health and care.

We are sharing resources in this area below, please send suggestions to: [email protected].

National Voices

  • Self management resources
    This resource centre includes a simple guide on the best ways to support self-management and a video on supporting self-management.

Patient Information Forum

Self Management UK

  • Self Management for Life programme information
    The self-management for life programme is designed to be delivered using a range of methods to suit the needs of patients, healthcare professionals and clinicians. The course can be delivered in a range of languages, different community settings and for those with communications difficulties or hearing impairment.
  • Patients learn how to work more effectively in partnership with their health team, discovering what they can do to help themselves and how to make the best use of the time spent with their healthcare professionals. Learning from experienced peer facilitators, they develop the skills, tools and confidence to include self-management as an ongoing part of their care pathway.

Southeast CSU

  • Directory of self-management resources
    This directory of self-management resources brings together a selection of evidence-based tools and resources from a number of sources to encourage and support patients to manage their own health through, for example, shared decision-making, social prescribing and personal health budgets.

The Health Foundation

  • A practical guide to self-management support
    This practical guide to implementing self-management support explains what self-management support is and why it is important. It then looks at various aspects of putting it into practice, including planning and commissioning, building knowledge, skills and confidence, and measurement and evaluation. It includes sections on approaches to developing people’s knowledge, skills and confidence to self-manage, including education, as well as sections on peer support and community assets.