National Services - Self Care and Support
The National Health Service (NHS) works to provide health care for everyone in the UK.
NHS Choices is the main patient focused web site and provides a vast amount of health information, recent news and videos.
NHS Choices - Your healthcare
Find advice on how to get up-to-date information on your condition, how it’s treated and the best ways to look after your own day-to-day care.
It includes a round-up of the best internet health sites, tips on taking your medicines and information on making a care plan as well as how to get the most from health professionals, including your doctor and pharmacists.
NHS Choices - What is self care?
An explanation of self care and how it can improve life for people with a long-term health condition.
NHS Choices - Living with your long-term condition
Practical advice on making small changes to your life to help you cope better on a day-to-day basis.
NHS Choices - What is a care plan?
A care plan written especially for you will help you receive the help you need from health professionals and social workers.
NHS Choices - Having a care plan review
How an annual review of your care can help you cope better with your condition.
NHS Choices - Getting on top of your medicines
General tips on taking your medicines responsibly and gadgets that make taking them easier.
NHS Choices - Getting an information prescription
Find out about this new way to get information about your condition.
NHS Choices - Getting the most from your doctor’s appointment
How to prepare for your visit to the doctor, and what questions to ask at the consultation.
NHS Choices - Making the most of your pharmacist
How your pharmacist can help you, from arranging home deliveries, to a detailed review of your medicines.
NHS Choices - Finding out more about your condition
Your guide to reliable and accurate information on your condition and its treatment, including internet sites you can trust.
NHS Choices - Courses and support
This section contains articles, interactive tools, real-life stories and videos to tell you more about training courses and support networks that can help you live with your condition.
NHS Choices - Talk to others
Emotional support, especially from friends and family, can help you cope with your condition and feel less isolated.
NHS Choices - Take a course
Training courses can boost your confidence and help you be more in control of your health. Find out more about them and how to book your place.
NHS Choices - Encouraging Stories - Elaine’s real-life story
Elaine Jawien felt lost and anxious after being diagnosed with rheumatoid and osteoarthritis at the age of 37. Joining a self-care group gave her a new lease of life.
NHS Choices - Encouraging Stories - Angie’s real-life story
Angie Usher has fibromyalgia and was told she’d never work again. After going on a confidence-building course, she's better able to manage her symptoms and is working full-time in a job she loves.
NHS Choices - Getting support at work
Telling your boss and colleagues about your condition can have positive results. You can also get advice on your rights at work.
NHS Choices - Other people's stories
Videos and stories about how people live with long-term conditions and manage their own health.
Features several videos covering different conditions/themes:
- Learning to live
- Continuing to work
- Lifestyle changes
- Getting support
- Supporting others with the same condition
- Exercise and disability
- Triumph over a condition
NHS Choices - Long Term Conditions - Watch Their Stories
From the last web site, click on each face to see further videos about how people live with long-term conditions and manage their own health:
- Managing through a care plan
- How I overcome it (my condition)
- How I manage it (my condition)
- Physio helped me recover
- My carers help me cope
- I started a self help group
Patient.co.uk is a UK health site and contains many health information leaflets, videos and discussion forums.
Age UK is the country's largest charity dedicated to helping everyone make the most of later life.
Age UK - Information guides
Age UK has a full list of Information sheets, Information guides, and Factsheets.
The Information guides are aimed to be short and easy to read, giving a comprehensive overview of the relevant topic. Information sheets and factsheets are longer and more detailed and are aimed at professionals.
PDF’s of each factsheet can be downloaded. (A PDF is a computer file format.)
British Red Cross
The British Red Cross helps people in crisis, whoever and wherever they are. They help vulnerable people in the UK and abroad prepare for, withstand and recover from emergencies in their own communities.
A range of local health and support services are also provided in the UK. Contact details are on the website.
Carers UK is the UK's only national membership charity for carers and is both a support network and a movement for change.
Looking after someone can be a rewarding experience but it can also be lonely and bewildering. At these times, you need people around you who really understand caring.
There is a growing need for older people living on their own to have someone to talk to in order to combat loneliness.
According to The Silver-Line, more than half of all 75 year olds in the UK live alone and 1 in 10 suffers “intense” loneliness but is reluctant to ask for help. In their poll, 9 out of 10 older people said the best remedy for their loneliness is a chat on the phone, but 1 in 4 older people said they never or rarely have someone to do this with. Now they can!
The Silver Line was set up and launched nationally by Esther Rantzen in 2013. It’s a free confidential helpline (0800 4 70 80 90) providing information, friendship and advice to older people. It’s open 24 hours a day, every day of the year, so this allows someone to call when they have time and want to talk to someone, day or night.
Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE)
Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE) is an independent, national organisation of lawyers, such as solicitors, barristers, and legal executives who provide specialist legal advice for older and vulnerable people, their families and carers.
Areas of law that members cover include:
- Making a Will
- Powers of Attorney
- Living Wills
- Paying for care
- NHS Continuing Care Funding
Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE) - Find SFE Lawyers
Find a listed lawyer by entering your criteria, such as a town name or post code, the desired Area of Expertise , etc.
Self Care and Support