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Self-care information packs launched for patients with long-term conditions

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People with long-term conditions can get information about self-care thanks to a new information booklet and resource pack from the government.

The Department of Health is hoping to raise awareness among patients and healthcare professionals with the new guide.

‘Your health, your way – a guide to long term conditions and self care’ was launched at the Managing Long Term Conditions Conference in Harrogate yesterday.

The information pack includes information including an overview of information prescriptions, healthy lifestyle advice and skills and knowledge training for people with long-term conditions (LTCs).

It also includes tools and self-monitoring devices for people with LTCs and information relating to community and voluntary groups and networks for people with LTCs.

Chris Beasley, chief nursing officer for England, said: ‘Nurses play a key role in delivering care and supporting people with long term conditions, and spend a significant amount of time with patients and their carers.

‘This provides an ideal opportunity to start conversations about lifestyle and self care, give advice and signpost patients and their carers to local and national support services. A resource which can help busy nurses to engage patients in self care could prove invaluable.’

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