Powerful people: reinforcing the power of citizens and communities in health and care

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This report argues for giving citizens greater control over their own health and care, so that services are redesigned around their needs and aspirations, to improve health outcomes and to save money by supporting people better to manage their conditions themselves.

 The report reviews a range of approaches to this, including:

  • social prescribing - which addresses people's social, emotional and practical, as well as medical needs
  • brokerage and integration - which means that services are joined up around the person, rather than people having to navigate fragmented services
  • peer support - which mobilises the knowledge skills and empathy of people with similar conditions
  • asset-based community development - which focuses on strengthening people's capacbilities to they are less dependent on services and can lead independent lives
  • technology-enabled care plans - which provide people with the tools and data needed to better manage their conditions themselves.  

The report sets out five steps needed to spread these approaches, including changing the way the money moves round the system and changing clinical and healthcare cultures and mindsets.

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