Lynne Craven has lived with MS since the age of 34, and has added familial hypercholesterolaemia and under active thyroid along the way. Lynne is a member of the Royal College of General Practitioners’ network of champions for collaborative care and support planning. She tweets at @sm_partnership and sometimes uses #getLynneacareplan to make the point that she wants one.
Julie Fenner, Petrea Fagan, Anya De Iongh and Lisa Kidd
For people with long term conditions, living with their symptoms and adjusting the way they live with them is part of everyday life. Appointments with health professionals represent only a small proportion of their time and the rest of the time they are ‘going it alone’. But how realistic is it to expect people to play an active role in managing their own health and to make difficult lifestyle changes without support?
Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS England, was recently described by the Guardian as ‘trickier to pin down than his predecessors’. Last week Mr Stevens met with National Voices members to discuss the future of the NHS and the role of voluntary organisations in health and care. So did we manage to ‘pin him down’?
Carol Pearson is a retired chartered accountant. When her full-time career was cut short by complications from severe endometriosis, she had to re-create herself and she now works as an audit chair for NHS Crawley Clinical Commissioning Group. Carol helps as a research assistant at Royal Surrey County Hospital, is a trustee for Endometriosis UK and co-leads endometriosis support groups in Brighton and Guildford. In 2013, Carol shared her story in a talk entitled ‘Rewriting Red Riding Hood’ at TEDxBrighton.
This is the second of our case studies showing the difference Wellbeing Our Way is making for some of the organisations involved in the programme. Here, Lee Marriott-Dowding reflects on how new opportunities for partnership working are supporting her to develop the James Whale Fund for Kidney Cancer’s approaches to working with people with long term health needs.
Sam Peaceful-Day lives with Transverse Myelitis and is supported by Anya de Iongh, her self-management coach, to manage her health needs and live well.
Here, Sam and Anya reflect on the difference health coaching has made for Sam’s life.
My new doctor gave me a leaflet. I ignored it, just like I had ignored the depression I was in, due to years of pain and fatigue caused by Transverse Myelitis which makes me one in a million! It was a rare virus that affected my nervous system. But like millions of others my days had become disorganised and shorter - my life mostly put on HOLD.