Supporting self-management for older people in social care: call for practice

Do you work in, or commission, a social care service that provides innovative support to help older people to self-manage their wellbeing in their own home?

The types of services that we are interested to hear about:

  • support older people living at home to self-manage their health and wellbeing;
  • support older people’s and families’ priorities and own ways of coping;
  • move beyond supporting clients to manage their medication or health monitoring (for example, blood sugar monitoring).

If you provide or commission a service that works in these ways, we would like to hear from you.

Taking part

Complete a survey - Please complete this survey to tell us about your services:

Survey closes 31 May.

Take part in a focus group or interview (optional) - If you are interested in taking part in a focus group or interview please complete tick the box in the survey above and provide your details.

We might not be able to invite all respondents to a focus group but we will be in touch within the next couple of weeks to confirm.

Wherever possible, the focus group will be held in a location convenient for you. If you have to travel to the focus group, we will reimburse your expenses.

The research

Researchers at University College London and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, supported by SCIE, are running a preliminary study to explore self-management support for older people in social care.

We want to:

  • Explore areas of promising supported self-management practice
  • Understand the diverse ways that self-management support may be provided in social care
  • Identify opportunities and challenges experienced in providing this type of support
  • Find out what patients and families value most in the support experienced
  • Find out how this type of support is similar or different to self-management approaches in health services.

We want to hear from people who commission and provide self-management support. At the next stage of this study, we will also want to hear from people who use services aimed at promoting self-management and their families.