People have a key role in protecting their own health, choosing appropriate treatments and managing long-term conditions. Self-management is a term used to include all the actions taken by people to recognise, treat and manage their own health. They may do this independently or in partnership with the healthcare system.
We need to fully understand how self-management can improve people’s health and what support people need for good self-care. NHS England has a number of projects underway to look at the best ways of approaching self-management in the NHS.