Self Care

Producer: Virtual College Ltd

Duration: 1.5 hours.
This product is an online product and is a single-user, 1-year licence.
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"Self care includes both self care and self management. Self care is about individuals taking responsibility for their own health and wellbeing. Self management is about individuals making the most of their lives and coping with difficulties and making the most of what they have. It includes managing and minimising the way conditions limit individuals’ lives as well as what they can do to feel happy and fulfilled to make the most of their lives despite the condition" Skills for Health (2008)

For self care to be a successful strategy it needs to be promoted by healthcare professionals, who also need to offer support to individuals. Healthcare professional must work to create an environment for self care, which starts with recognising the importance of self care activities at all stages of the care planning process. Healthcare professionals can also provide support and resources to assist individuals in managing these activities. Example include: Patient education, self care skills training, health and social care information, care plan approach, self diagnostic tools, self monitoring devices, peer support networks and home adaptations.

The module looks at the four elements of supporting self care: Skills, Tools, Advice and Networks (STAN).

This module is aimed at the Healthcare professionals and support workers as well as community nurses and

On completion of this module you will be able to download a Virtual College certificate.

This product allows the student to print a certificate from the course on sucessful completion.

The recommended settings to run this course are:

- Minimum Internet Explorer 6/Netscape Navigator 7
- Flash enabled – Minimum V6
- Popup windows enabled
- Minimum Windows 2000 Operating System
- Silverlight may also need to be installed for some courses
- Most ECDL courses will require a download of the ActivX component from within the course


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This course covers the following topics:

- Welcome and Learning Objectives
- Self Care Overview
- STAN and Self Care


On completion of this course learners will be able to:

- Have a broad knowledge of what self care is
- Be aware of ways in which healthcare professionals can offer guidance and support to individuals
- Have a basic knowledge of the seven "Common Core Principles to Support Self Care"
- Be able to offer examples of how each of the STAN elements can support self care activities

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