Wessex Activation & Self Management Programme
15 million people in England live with a long term condition, accounting for 70% of the NHS budget. Supporting people with long term conditions by increasing their knowledge, skills and confidence to self-manage has benefits for everyone:
- better health outcomes
- improved experience for service users
- services and resources are used more effectively
The Wessex Activation and Self-Management Programme (WASP) is led by a Wessex wide network of people from health, social care, commissioning, and third sector backgrounds. The group has a proven record of:
- Producing the first regional guidance for out of hospital rehabilitation, re-ablement and recovery.
- Producing a Wessex PAM guide to support the implementation of the patient activation measure (PAM), with clear examples of how the PAM is being used effectively in Wessex.
- Developing and piloting a self-assessment tool based on the COM-B behavioural analysis framework – enabling organisations, services and clinicians to reflect on and assess their current practice in relation to the person centred care agenda.
- Actively leading behaviour change through its work with clinical teams and regional sharing good practice events.
These work streams have demonstrated pockets of excellence where clinicians are actively promoting and supporting self-management, but it is evident that such initiatives are not developed at scale within organisations, and across health and care systems. WASP is committed to supporting system-wide improvement.