Research and reports

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Delivering Core NHS and Care Services during the Pandemic and Beyond (May 2020)
Delivering Core NHS and Care Services during the Pandemic and Beyond (May 2020)

PAGB submitted written evidence to the House of Commons Health and Social Care Select Committee’s inquiry into Delivering Core NHS and Care Services during the Pandemic and Beyond. In our submission, we identify a unique opportunity to cement positive changes in the way people use NHS resources for the longer-term sustainability of the NHS.

Building clinical consensus (February 2020)
Building clinical consensus (February 2020)

Report of a parliamentary roundtable meeting to explore the role of healthcare professionals in self care, chaired by Sir George Howarth MP on Tuesday 22 October 2019 . The report summarises the key themes discussed, alongside recommendations for actions that can be taken by the Government to support a behavioural and cultural shift towards self care.

A clinical consensus statement on self care (February 2020)
A clinical consensus statement on self care (February 2020)

Joint statement on self care from PAGB, NHS Clinical Commissioners, Royal College of Nursing, National Pharmacy Association, Company Chemists Association, Self Care Forum

Overcoming the barriers to self care (Nov 2019)
Overcoming the barriers to self care (Nov 2019)

PAGB has identified key policy initiatives which, if introduced as part of a national strategy, would support and empower more people to self care. We look at the potential barriers to implementation and highlight case studies where local innovation has overcome these.

Self care and technology: Harnessing the potential of technology to transform self care (July 2019)
Self care and technology: Harnessing the potential of technology to transform self care (July 2019)

Digital technology is already supporting people to manage their own health but much more could be done to apply these digital solutions to support and increase self care. In this report, we look at ways in which digital technology is already supporting self care across the world, and make recommendations for action.

Smoking Cessation Services in England: the widening divide between investment and ambition (June 2019)
Smoking Cessation Services in England: the widening divide between investment and ambition (June 2019)

This report explores the relationship between smoking cessation spend and outcomes across England. Our analysis of the data, mapped to local authority area, reveals persistent variation in smoking-related health outcomes across England and inconsistency in investment in smoking cessation services.

A Self Care White Paper: supporting the delivery of the NHS Long Term Plan (March 2019)
A Self Care White Paper: supporting the delivery of the NHS Long Term Plan (March 2019)

PAGB's White Paper sets out a series of policies which must be implemented to create and embed a culture of self care including supporting people to manage their own health, tackling health inequalities and reducing pressures on NHS services. Read more on our policy pages.

‘Creating a sustainable future for the NHS: a roundtable discussion on the need for a National Self Care Strategy’ (Sept 2018)
‘Creating a sustainable future for the NHS: a roundtable discussion on the need for a National Self Care Strategy’ (Sept 2018)

A summary report of a roundtable meeting in Parliament chaired by Martin Vickers MP, and jointly hosted by PAGB, RCGP and the Self Care Forum. Representatives from NHS organisations and other health agencies met on 18 July 2018 to discuss key priorities for a national self care strategy.

A long-term vision for self care: interim White Paper (2018)
A long-term vision for self care: interim White Paper (2018)

PAGB interim White Paper outlining recommendations for policies that we believe will unlock the potential for self care.

Quit Wins 2018 - meeting report: delivering evidence-based smoking cessation services
Quit Wins 2018 - meeting report: delivering evidence-based smoking cessation services

Report of a parliamentary roundtable meeting on 19 June 2018 held to explore evidence-based smoking cessation services in light of recent tobacco control policy developments. This paper sets out a number of recommendations for action across both national and local organisations.

Saving time, reducing demand
Saving time, reducing demand

Saving time, reducing demand infographic developed by PAGB in partnership with the Royal College of General Practitioners and the Self Care Forum.

Self Care Nation 2017: Confused about self care?
Self Care Nation 2017: Confused about self care?

Findings from a survey of 2000 adults indicate that people's self care behaviour is linked to confidence in health professionals and their understanding of when and how to self care.

Future proof your health from the middle years
Future proof your health from the middle years

A new report by the Health and Food Supplements Information Service (HSIS) reveals that middle-aged people in the UK are still not making simple, practical changes early enough which could help protect against poor quality of life and ill health in the future.

Includes essential nutrients in the 30s, 40s and 50s and how they support healthy ageing.

Enabling self care in Greater Manchester: a green paper (updated October 2017)
Enabling self care in Greater Manchester: a green paper (updated October 2017)

A green paper published by PAGB has revealed several areas where the NHS in Greater Manchester could do more to promote self care for self-treatable conditions, helping to reduce the pressure on local health services and drive cost savings in the region.

Five examples of waste in the NHS (November 2016)
Five examples of waste in the NHS (November 2016)

How could a self care strategy help reduce waste in the NHS? Equipping people with the knowledge to self care and self treat commonly occurring conditions could help reduce areas of waste, freeing up valuable resources...

Also available, a one page infographic

Infographic: Five examples of waste in the NHS (November 2016)
Infographic: Five examples of waste in the NHS (November 2016)

How could a self care strategy help reduce waste in the NHS? View our one page infographic highlighting 5 key areas where savings could be made.

Self Care Nation Report (November 2016)
Self Care Nation Report (November 2016)

Based on research commissioned by PAGB, this report explores current attitudes towards self care and how this relates to people’s behaviour when managing self-treatable conditions. It includes recommendations on how to bridge the disconnect between the two.

See also our one-page infographic highlighting the key findings.

Infographic: Self Care Nation (November 2016)
Infographic: Self Care Nation (November 2016)

Read a one page summary highlighting the findings from PAGB’s Self Care Nation report on attitudes and behaviours in self care.

See also our report exploring current attitudes towards self care and how this relates to people’s behaviour when managing self-treatable conditions.

'Quit Wins': a discussion on the next tobacco control plan
'Quit Wins': a discussion on the next tobacco control plan

Report of a parliamentary roundtable (September 2016) which brought together commissioners, providers, charities and other experts in Stop Smoking Services, as well as parliamentarians to understand the key challenges that exist to making further reductions in smoking rates, and what can be done to overcome them.

Consumer Health: time for a regulatory rethink (May 2016)
Consumer Health: time for a regulatory rethink (May 2016)

This report by RB in association with PAGB, written by the Economist Intelligence Unit looks at the changing healthcare environment and the role self-care plays and efforts at regulatory harmonisation, the barriers they have encountered, and prospects for the future.

The Hidden Health Challenges: the importance of nutrition as we age (March 2016)
The Hidden Health Challenges: the importance of nutrition as we age (March 2016)

This report investigates the nutritional gaps which are putting over-50s at increased risk of poor health and explores the possible use of supplements to address this hidden health challenge.

Presentation of self treatable conditions in A&E units in England (June 2015)
Presentation of self treatable conditions in A&E units in England (June 2015)

In an analysis carried out by IMS Health, it was estimated that self treatable conditions were responsible for 19.1% of attendances in England (2014), accounting for 3.7 million attendances at a cost of £290 million.

Can we afford not to self care? Empowering people to take control of their health (March 2015)
Can we afford not to self care? Empowering people to take control of their health (March 2015)

PAGB’s manifesto for self care outlines ways for the NHS to relieve pressures facing GPs and A&E departments. These include: implementing high profile national awareness campaigns to make people aware of when and how to self treat, providing consistent advice on where to access the right care, and through improving health literacy in children.

Minor ailment workload in General Practice (2008)
Minor ailment workload in General Practice (2008)

In an analysis carried out by IMS Health, it was estimated that minor ailments accounts for 18-20% of GP workload at a cost of £2 billion a year.