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CCGs step up for self care week


21 November 2013

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Clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) across England are supporting self care week. 
Self care week, which runs from 18-24 November, encourages people to take care of themselves, and lets them know what’s available to help them look after their health. 
The NHS Alliance, Royal College of Nursing, National Association of Primary Care among others, helped to launch the Self Care Campaign in March 2010. 

Clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) across England are supporting self care week. 
Self care week, which runs from 18-24 November, encourages people to take care of themselves, and lets them know what’s available to help them look after their health. 
The NHS Alliance, Royal College of Nursing, National Association of Primary Care among others, helped to launch the Self Care Campaign in March 2010. 
This year’s theme is “Self Care for Life – Take Control”, and the intention is to raise awareness of how you can take control of your health, and ultimately take control of your life.
Warrington CCG will be distributing leaflets on self care through GP surgeries, and Lewisham CCG will be hosting an NHS Health Checks Roadshow at the local market. 
Lewisham CCG is also signposting people with type 2 diabetes to a free Diabetes Education and Self Management, for Ongoing and Newly Diagnosed Diabetes (DESMOND) programme. 
Dr Hilary Entwistle from Lewisham CCG said: “During Self Care awareness week we want to inspire residents in Lewisham to take control of their health and wellbeing. We’re encouraging local people to learn more about the health advice and support that’s out there through their local pharmacy and online so they can take simple lifestyle steps to better health.”
Newham CCG is also taking part in the programme. Chair, Dr Zuhair Zarifa, said: “As local GPs responsible for most local NHS services, we want to make sure people get care closer to home where it is needed. 
“The first step, however, is always to make sure you look after your own health so local people should use this week and the information available as an opportunity to find out more.”

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