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A Better U Self Care Training

A training programme for all members of health and social care staff who work across the Hebburn area of South Tyneside based on a National Pilot scheme.

A Better U Self Care Training

What is the A Better U programmeme?

This project is part of a national programme to deliver key messages and promote the Self-Care agenda across a specific local authority area. South Tyneside was one of the original 11 sites picked for the pilot programme nationally.

Why did we do it?

We know that people who are active and motivated around their health issues have a better chance of staying healthier for longer. People who adopt Self-Care and proactively look after themselves and their health are less likely to use front line health and social care services, reducing the burden and cost of health and social care in South Tyneside.

What did we do?

In Partnership with South Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group we developed a tiered programme of training that would not only teach the key reasons why self-care is important but also teach them the behaviour change skills so they can work with patients to have a more collaborative relationship around health. The training was delivered in four separate sessions in community and council venues across Hebburn and included:

  • Scene Setting workshops
  • Behaviour Change Skills session using SCIP© motivational behaviour change technique
  • Skills Plus sessions – Additional, more in depth training around Motivational Interviewing and Cognitive behavioural Skills techniques.
  • Action Learning Sets – assessing the impact and gaining views on how we can successfully embed Self-Care across the wider South Tyneside area.

We delivered this to:

  • Council Staff – both front-line and back office staff
  • GPs and senior members of Public Health and CCG
  • Nurses
  • Health Care Assistants
  • Voluntary sector
  • Members of the public

What did we find?

  • In the six months since its launch, almost 400 people have attended the workshops.
  • 92% of attendees thought they could go and deliver the Self-Care approach back in their work places.
  • On average, on leaving the training sessions delegates felt that their knowledge on why Self-Care was important was 9.5 out of 10 (based on our before and after in training assessment).
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