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?