Nearly two million patients to receive person-centred support to manage their own care.

People with long-term conditions will be supported to better manage their own health and care needs, thanks to the roll-out of an evidence-based tool over the next five years.

NHS England has agreed a deal which will grant nearly two million people access to more person-centred care as part of its developing Self Care programme.

Local NHS organisations and their partners are being invited to apply for free access to patient activation licenses, which will help them assess and build their patients’ knowledge, skills and confidence, empowering people to make decisions about their own health and care. The closing date for applications is 12pm on Tuesday 17 May.

The Patient Activation Measure (PAM) is a validated tool which captures the extent to which people feel engaged and confident in taking care of their health and well-being.

By measuring people’s activation levels through PAM, organisations can ‘meet people where they are’ and tailor support and services to the individual’s needs.

Locally, it is expected that measuring and improving patient activation will lead to patients enjoying better experiences of care and outcomes, making more positive choices about their health and well-being, and experiencing fewer unplanned hospital admissions.

Building on well-received trials in six areas, NHS England has now agreed a five-year licence to expand the use of the PAM tool with up to 1.8 million people, as a core component of the Self-Care programme.

Read more at: https://www.england.nhs.uk/2016/04/person-centred-support/