The Five Year Forward View sets out how the health service needs to change, with an improved relationship between patients and communities. It makes a specific commitment to do more to support people with long-term conditions to help them manage their own health. This will mean that they are more likely to have better clinical outcomes, lower rates of hospitalisation and less need for emergency care.
To support this commitment, NHS England has set up the Realising the Value Programme to strengthen the case for change; identify evidence-based approaches that engage people in their own health and care; and develop practical tools to support implementation across the NHS and local communities. These approaches include self-management education courses for people with specific conditions, peer-to-peer support and community based activities.
A group led by Nesta and the Health Foundation, in partnership with Voluntary Voices (National Voices, Regional Voices, NAVCA and CSV), and The Behavioral Insights Team, is working together with NHS England, the Coalition for Collaborative Care and other stakeholders on this programme of work. The group is also working with a number of local teams who have experience and expertise in implementing these approaches in practice. The group will ensure that there are opportunities for engagement and shared learning as this work develops. You can find more information about the programme on the Realising the Value website.