Tthe four clinical commissioning groups in Derbyshire have launched a campaign to support more people in Derbyshire to manage common minor illnesses by becoming more self-care aware.

A guide has been produced as part of the campaign to provide information on self-care and suggests where people can go to get additional support should they need it to help make self-care a part of everyday life. The guide will soon be available in GP practices, pharmacies and other public places across Derbyshire.

With tens of millions of GP consultations across the UK used to discuss conditions that could be treated at home, costing circa £2 billion*,  self-care has an important role to play in ensuring the sustainability of our national health service as well as the ongoing health of our population.

Dr Avi Bhatia, GP and Chair of Erewash Clinical Commissioning Group, speaking on behalf of the four CCGs, said:

“We’re very excited to be launching the self-care campaign to support more people in Derby and Derbyshire to manage their everyday health. With so much time and NHS money used on conditions that could easily be treated with self-care we are committed to doing all we can in Derbyshire to support patients to improve their understanding of medicines and how to look after themselves. Empowering people through self-care also helps to ensure the sustainability of our NHS by relieving pressure on GP practices, Minor Injury Units and A&E departments. We are also working with health and care staff across Derbyshire to help raise awareness of self-care so they can help more people to manage their own health when faced with a minor illness such as a cough, cold, headache, heartburn, indigestion, dry skin or a blocked nose.”

Dr Andrew Mott, GP and member of the Governing Body for Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group, added:

“The guide we have produced to help raise awareness of self-care explains the possible benefits of self-caring, highlights some great resources to support self-care, explains the things pharmacists can give advice on and suggest treatment for and offers guidance on the kinds of medicines and first aid items we can all keep in our medicine cabinet to help us, our families and our friends when we are feeling under the weather. The guide will soon be available in GP practices, pharmacies and other public places across Derbyshire and will also be available online at www.nhsstaywellderbyshire.co.uk.”

To find out more about self-care in Derbyshire and to download the guide to being self-care aware visit the NHS Stay Well Derbyshire website.

*Source: IMS Health Dec. 2007 study, commissioned by PAGB; Base: 500,000 patient records from IMS database ‘Data Analyser.  In 2007 the Proprietary Association of Great Britain (PAGB) commissioned IMS to quantify GP workload for minor ailments and their costs.