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Volume 450: debated on Monday 23 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what work is being undertaken with health professionals' organisations to embed self-care in core curricula. (92287)

The National Director for Primary Care is carrying out a programme of visits and engagements with the Postgraduate Medical Education and Training Board, the General Medical Council, and the medical Royal Colleges and Faculties to discuss and raise the profile of the self-care agenda. As a result, the Royal College of Physicians have included four self-care competences in their generic curriculum (covering 26 specialties). Officials are having parallel discussions with colleagues in college and faculty education departments to further develop self-care in core curricula. A programme of work with the nursing and allied health professional bodies will begin in the new year.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what work has been undertaken with NHS employers to (a) embed self-care in the knowledge and skills framework and (b) embed self-care in job descriptions and annual appraisals under Agenda for Change; (92288)

(2) what action her Department is taking to develop a self-care competency framework for NHS staff.

Skills for Health and Skills for Care will be consulting on a common core of self-care competences towards the end of the year. These have been developed in collaboration with carer and service user organisations and the Department. Work with national health service employers will follow on from the establishment of the common core competences.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what monitoring her Department is undertaking of the implementation of self-care strategies; and if she will make a statement. (92292)

No targets have been set regarding implementation of self-care strategies. Self-care is part of the Government's strategy to put people more in control, to make services more responsive, to focus on those with complex needs and to shift care closer to home.

The Government's framework document for self- care strategies is set out in “Supporting people with long term conditions to Self Care—a guide to developing local strategies and best practice” a copy of which has been placed in the Library.