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Community Care

Volume 485: debated on Wednesday 10 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on the provision by the NHS of choice between active patient care and care at home for those with long-term conditions; and if he will make a statement. (240908)

The information requested is as follows.

‘Supporting people with long term conditions to Self Care—A guide to developing local strategies and good practice’ (24 February 2006) sets out four key areas in which people need support (skills and training, information, tools and devices and support networks) and gives examples of good practice together with the role of professionals and PCTs/Trusts in supporting people to self care.

‘Your Health, your way—a guide to long-term conditions and self care’ was launched on the NHS Choices website on 2 November 2008 and can be found at:

http://www.nhs.uk/yourhealth/Pages/Homepage.aspx

This is the public face of the aforementioned policy and provides people living with long term conditions with information about the choices that should be available to them locally (by April 2009 if they are not available already) to support them to self care in partnership with health and social care professionals.