13th November 2017

Supporting Self Care Week 2017

This week (13th-19th November) sees the return of Self Care Week, an annual awareness campaign that focuses on establishing and embedding support for self-care across families, communities and generations. Entitled ‘Embracing Self Care for Life’, this year’s theme is about engaging and empowering people to help keep themselves healthy for their whole lives.

Self-care is about keeping fit and healthy, understanding when you can look after yourself, when a pharmacist can help and when to get advice from your GP or another health professional. On average, seeing a GP costs the NHS £43 for a 12-minute consultation – a visit to Accident and Emergency costs £112.

According to the Self Care Forum, more needs to be done to help support people to take care of themselves and look after their own health. They also believe that empowering individuals has many benefits for both their short-term and long-term health, which is now more important than ever as people are living longer.

This can be as simple as remembering to make time for regular exercise, having a more balanced diet and getting the right amount of sleep. It can also include stopping smoking and better self-treatment for addressing cold and flu symptoms. If you have a long-term condition, it is important to understand the condition and find ways to manage it in order to live independently.

The Self Care Forum wants to further the reach of self-care and embed it into everyday life, making it a lifelong habit and creating a culture change, encouraging better lifestyle choices and prevention, sign posting to health services when is most appropriate.

Helping people to help themselves also reduces the demand on our health and care services, which are under more pressure because of the challenges presented by an ageing population.

Future Care Capital believes that we need to plan and design the provision of health and care for every generation in society if we are to tackle the challenges our services are currently facing. Encouraging individuals to plan ahead and take greater responsibility is very much a part of this. Future Care Capital is also calling for a new settlement for health and care in the form of a Care Covenant, offering greater security for everyone in society. The Care Covenant would acknowledge the rights as well as the responsibilities of the state and citizens in nurturing wellbeing. Self-care, and support to facilitate self-care, will be critically important against such a backdrop.

Joel Charles, Deputy Chief Executive of Future Care Capital, said:

“Future Care Capital supports Self Care Week and the importance of promoting the benefits of a healthy lifestyle across all generations. The campaign is also a good opportunity to look how people with long-term conditions can learn new ways to help manage their health and live an independent life.”


Notes to Editors

Press contacts

For all press enquiries, please contact Joel Charles, FCC Deputy Chief Executive, at [email protected] or 07377 338322.

About Future Care Capital (FCC)

FCC is a charity, emerging from the sale of the awarding organisation, the Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education (CACHE), in September 2015.

Beginning life as the National Nursery Examination Board (NNEB) in 1945, the charity has evolved throughout its 70-year history and continues to have Her Majesty the Queen as its Royal Patron.

Following the sale of its awarding organisation business and assets (including the CACHE and NNEB brands) the charity has now embarked on its next chapter.

The Trustees have developed a detailed strategy for the future direction of the charity and have recently approved a 10-year business plan. The Trustees have identified the following vision, goals and aspirations that follow on from the Charity’s objects:

Charitable Objects: To promote education, training, quality and standards in care, health and education and allied disciplines.

Vision Statement: The charity will be known for being the leading independent voice for applying evidence that will advocate for and deliver a step change in health and care, including the advancement of quality and standards as well as education and training for allied professions as a sustainable charity.

Mission: Engage, educate and involve all generations in the development and delivery of unified health and care provision.

Key Beneficiaries: Those in receipt of care.

Key Goals and Aspirations:

  • Be recognised as a leading advocate and thought leader;
  • to deliver a step change in the advancement of quality and standards, education and training in care and health and allied professions; and
  • sustainably grow impact.

The charity has adopted an agile approach to delivery underpinned by an enabling internal culture and supporting systems that reflect its core values of empathy, diversity, openness and professionalism.

The charity’s core offerings are delivered through two collaborative but independent delivery vehicles:

Evidence based Advocacy – Developing new policy propositions and solutions supported by evidence-based research, stimulating debate and innovation through events, publications, projects and discussions with diverse stakeholders including the general public.

Innovation Investment Fund – In pursuance of FCC’s charitable mission, the charity will deploy its resources to identify and support innovation through the launch of a dedicated investment fund. The fund will invest in early stage technology based health and care entities with high societal benefit.

Legally structured as a charity, FCC intends to operate as a dynamic, agile and commercially aware organisation: a true social enterprise.


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