Clinician support for patient activation

People manage their health and care on their own, or with the support of their family and carers, the vast majority of the time. Understanding this role and developing their knowledge, skills and confidence (also called patient activation) to take it on is key, and this can have positive impact on their health and social outcomes, personal experience and use of services.

In his blog, Dr Alf Collins, national policy advisor in person-centred care, explains the important role clinicians have to play in building people’s skills, knowledge and confidence, and supporting them to self-manage their conditions.

With the help of some Royal Colleges and other organisations, NHS England did a survey of over 1750 clinicians to understand their support for patient activation. The survey explores clinicians’ attitudes and beliefs, their self-reported behaviours and practices, and provides insight into their perceived barriers and support needs.

The findings of this survey are now available in our report, ‘How much do clinicians support patient activation?’ We will continue to work with our partners to address the issues and barriers identified by clinicians to help them to work in a person-centred way.