Long-Term Conditions (LTCs) are now identified as the biggest challenge facing the NHS with 70% of health and care spend attributed to people with LTCs. Although they tend to be heavy users of health services, they are likely to spend less than 1% of their time in contact with health professionals.
A ground-breaking technology, SelfCareHub, delivers demonstrable behaviour change based on Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) principles, across a wide range of LTCs and can be scaled to a national level.
Using a holistic approach to mental and physical health, SelfCareHub offers one of the most engaging and exciting digital experience in the UK health and self-care arena. With clinical oversight initially provided by Dr Frances Cole, a pain rehabilitation and long-term condition specialist in West Yorkshire, SelfCareHub was inspired by clinical studies and local services that resulted in patients reducing their visits to their GP by 50%.
In Kirklees, there are 1 in 4 adults living with at least one long-term condition (LTC), which fuels a high demand for self-management and prevention support. To help meet the challenges brought by increasing need coupled with funding cuts, the Public Health team at Kirklees Council looked to a radical, but realistic, solution.
My Health Tools is the result of a partnership between Kirklees Council, NHS North Kirklees CCG, NHS Greater Huddersfield CCG and LookingLocal. The vision is to see more people improve how they self-manage their conditions and to change their lives for the better. Working with people with LTCs, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) professionals and other local health organisations on the design, the result is a personalisable tool which brings a holistic approach to the management of LTCs. Its combination of tools and features make it unlike anything else available in the UK.
At Kirklees we are really excited about My Health Tools and working with our residents in a different way, supporting them to make more informed choices about their own health. Research has shown that self-management of care works; and with My Health Tools users can draw on a wide range of support and advice whenever they need it, 24-hours a day.
Sarah Muckle, Kirklees Council Acting Director of Public Health
To find out more about how the platform works in Kirklees please watch this short video.