Using behavioural science to help people to self-manage

Wed, 7 September 2016

Lessons from the world of behavioural science can be used to help people to self-manage their health and wellbeing more effectively, according to two new publications from the Realising the Value programme.

Lessons from the world of behavioural science can be used to help people to self-manage their health and wellbeing more effectively, according to two new publications from the Realising the Value programme.

The two guides have been developed by the Behavioural Insights Team. Supporting self-management?  sets out how health and care professionals working with people with long term conditions can help them to manage those conditions. Spreading change outlines how behavioural science can spread the take-up of person- and community-centred approaches to health and wellbeing.

Realising the Value is an NHS England-backed programme tasked with gathering evidence for person- and community-centred approaches, developing and testing ways to embed these approaches, and sharing the learning to encourage take up across health and care.

Commenting on the guides, Don Redding, Director of Policy at National Voices, said:

“If staff are to support people on their journey with self management, they need a fundamental understanding and belief that people, even with low health literacy, can be capable of making and sustaining changes in their lives. These behavioural insights guides show how this is best achieved, by making change easier, more attractive and timely; and working with emotional responses as well as conscious decision making.”

National Voices is part of the consortium delivering Realising the Value. Other partners include Nesta, The Health Foundation, Regional Voices, NAVCA, and Volunteering Matters.