The Self-Care Hub, the new online tool that empowers people with long-term health issues to better understand and self-manage their conditions, was previewed to health professionals from across the UK at an event at the Library of Birmingham yesterday (Thursday 23 April).
Presentations and collaborative group sessions generated lively discussion and valuable input into the Hub's development as representatives, from diverse areas of the health sector, fed in their expertise.
Attendees heard from Sarah Muckle, Public Health Consultant at Kirklees Council, on the Kirklees self-care landscape; Dr Steve Ollerton, Chair of the North Kirklees CCG spoke on working differently with patients, and LookingLocal's Chief Technologist, John Latham who outlined the challenge of digitising offline healthcare techniques. It was hosted by LookingLocal's Managing Director, Guy Giles.
Underpinned by proven Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) techniques, the Self-Care Hub encourages behavioural change by supporting users to achieve measurable goals. It takes a ‘whole-person’ approach that promotes independent decision-taking – and users can also engage the support of a circle of formal and informal carers.
It is being rolled out by Kirklees Council’s Public Health Directorate, working with the Greater Huddersfield and North Kirklees Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) under the title, My Heath Tools.