Czar demands more self care

The way the NHS treats long-term conditions is not sustainable and the focus should shift towards self-care, a DoH clinical lead has said.

Sir John Oldham, England's clinical lead for quality and productivity, urged the NHS to 'get real' about how it helps patients with complex needs.

Speaking at the Primary Care Live event in London last week, he said: 'We put a lot of energy and effort into dealing with people with long-term conditions, but not in the right direction.

'We focus almost exclusively on disease-specific pathways. These pathways are a redundant strategy for the future, because that is not what the majority of people deal with.'

Sir John said many people have several long-term conditions, not just one.

He said a new approach should help patients with complex needs to self-manage through e-learning and remote monitoring.

Self management of long-term conditions was not a luxury, but a necessity, Sir John told the conference.

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Register

Already registered?

Sign in

Follow Us:

Just published

More than 80% of patients report 'good' overall experience of general practice

More than 80% of patients report 'good' overall experience of general practice

Public satisfaction with GP services remains high, with 82% of patients reporting...

GPs condemn 'deafening silence' from chancellor on COVID support funding

GPs condemn 'deafening silence' from chancellor on COVID support funding

GP leaders have condemned a 'deafening silence' on COVID-19 relief funding for general...

Viewpoint: How has the government handled coronavirus? I feel a rant coming on

Viewpoint: How has the government handled coronavirus? I feel a rant coming on

A national newspaper asked readers how well the government had handled coronavirus....

General Practice Insights: The future of the patient consultation after COVID-19

General Practice Insights: The future of the patient consultation after COVID-19

Welcome to the first of our General Practice Insights reports on key issues for the...

Pandemic could shatter social prescribing as one in three link workers plan to quit

Pandemic could shatter social prescribing as one in three link workers plan to quit

GPs have demanded more resources to support social prescribers after a poll found...

GPs say at least half of patient consultations should be carried out remotely after COVID-19

GPs say at least half of patient consultations should be carried out remotely after COVID-19

A GPonline survey of more than 500 GPs has predicted that over half of patient appointments...