Prevention not cure - what is the role of personalised care?
Wednesday 8th May 11:05 - 11:55
Great progress has been made helping people to live longer – yet these may not necessarily be healthier or happier lives. There has been an increase in people living with more complex illnesses and significant health inequalities exist – yet much of this illness could be prevented.
By 2035 two-thirds of adults are expected to be living with multiple health conditions and 17% will have four or more conditions.
With an extra £20.5 billion a year due to be invested in the NHS and a new Long Term Plan, we have a unique opportunity to change the focus to - prevention being better than cure, moving beyond the purely clinical and supporting people to live their lives in a way that matches what matters to them.
There is a growing body of evidence supporting this ‘personalised care’ approach. By supporting people to develop knowledge, skills and confidence to manage their own health and wellbeing – they will experience a better quality of life and will require fewer interventions.
Personalised care can meet people at their point of need – with social prescribing, shared decision making, new partnerships, community based support, patient activation and choice playing a role in helping individuals and families to recognise their own responsibilities for their health and wellbeing.
This session will explore the key characteristics and benefits of personalised care; how to target the ‘root’ causes of poor health and promote the health of the whole individual – rather than one illness; and how can those working in pre-primary, primary, community, social care and the fitness sector best support this vision?
Helen Gilburt, Policy Fellow at The Kings Fund
Helen Gilburt joined The King’s Fund in 2013 as a Fellow in Health Policy. Helen has expertise in health service research and a particular interest in mental health and service user and carer involvement. During this period she has led on a number of projects including ‘Transforming mental health’, ‘Mental health under pressure’, ‘Supporting People to Manage their Health’ and ‘People in Control of their Health. Previously she worked at the Institute of Psychiatry at King’s College London.