Parc Prison: An evaluation of peer-led self-management training within a prison setting

Mental Health Foundation, February 2017

The Mental Health Foundation in partnership with G4S delivered self-management with peer support courses to vulnerable prisoners at HMP & YOI Parc between October 2013 and December 2016.  This report presents the findings from an evaluation of prisoners who took part in the self-management training as well as facilitators and other key stakeholders involved in the development of the project. Hearing from prisoners directly gives us an insight into how self-management can give them an opportunity to see beyond the boundaries of their current situation, support them to achieve realistic goals and build positive relationships that all work towards improving wellbeing.

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A practical guide to self-management support: key components for successful implementation

The Health Foundation, December 2015

This guide provides an overview of self-management support and the key components for effective implementation. It is aimed at those starting their self-management support journey and those building on and improving the support that they already provide. The guide explains what self-management support is and why it is important. It then looks at various aspects of putting it into practice, including planning and commissioning, building knowledge, skills and confidence, and measurement and evaluation. It also contains suggestions for further reading and case studies of self-management support in practice.

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A rapid synthesis of the evidence on interventions supporting self-management for people with long-term conditions: PRISMS – practical systematic review of self-management support for long-term conditions

National Institute for Health Research, December 2014

Everyone who has a long-term condition (LTC), such as arthritis or asthma, has to deal with (or ‘self-manage’) their condition, sometimes with the help of a spouse, friends or a carer. In addition to physical symptoms, LTCs often have social and emotional effects on people.  The NIHR were commissioned to look at what can be done to support self-management across a wide range of LTCs and to make suggestions to those providing health services. This was done by systematically summarising the research that has been done in the area.

The report concludes that supporting good self-management is inseparable from the high-quality care all people with LTCs should receive. Supporting self-management is not a substitute for care from doctors and nurses but a hallmark of good care. Providers of services for people with LTCs should consider how they can actively support self-management.

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