The Coalition for Collaborative Care and NHS England have launched a new handbook focusing on new ways of working to provide the best care for people with long term conditions.
The ‘Personalised Care and Support Planning Handbook’ is designed to spark new thinking amongst health and care practitioners about the best ways to locally implement personalised care and support planning.
The handbook provides practical support for local health systems hoping to introduce and sustain care and support planning at a local level and give people with long term conditions more control over their lives.
We know that evidence shows people living with long term conditions who have the opportunity to co-design their care within the wider context of their lives, have significantly better outcomes. Yet, just 5.4% of people living with such conditions in the UK report having an agreed care plan.
We have published this handbook which contains practical guidance, case studies and evidence in the hope that it will help health practitioners and commissioners understand how best to introduce personalised care and support planning.
Professor Nigel Mathers, Honorary Secretary of the Royal College of General Practitioners and Chair of the Coalition for Collaborative Care said: “There is significant evidence which tells us that people who have personalised care and support plans self-manage their conditions much more effectively.
“There is improved monitoring of their health and care, fewer medical interventions are required and there is often less unnecessary use of medication.
“To make personalised care and support planning a reality for the 15 million people in the UK living with long term conditions requires significant changes in systems, relationships and services.
“We are committed to working with the coalition’s members and partners to create the conditions for these changes to take place. We whole-heartedly believe that personalised care and support planning sits at the very heart of person-centred, co-ordinated care.
“The handbook provides an introduction to personalised care and support planning so that individuals with key local responsibilities for the future of the health service can reflect and think innovatively about local approaches to implementation.” A copy of the handbook can be downloaded here.
David Paynton, one of the members of the Coalition’s Partners Group and National Clinical Lead for the RCGP Centre for Commissioning, talks about personalised care and support planning in practice in his recent blog post.