April 25, 2016
NHS England expands License to cover nearly two million patients
NHS England has agreed to a deal which will grant nearly two million people access to more person-centred care as part of its developing Self Care programme.
Local NHS organisations and their partners are being invited to apply for free access to patient activation licences, which will help them assess and build their patients’ knowledge, skills and confidence, empowering people to make decisions about their own health and care.
The Patient Activation Measure (PAM) is a validated tool which captures the extent to which people feel engaged and confident in taking care of their health and well-being.
By measuring people’s activation levels through PAM, organisations can ‘meet people where they are’ and tailor support and services to the individual’s needs.
Locally, it is expected that measuring and improving patient activation will lead to patients enjoying better experiences of care and outcomes, making more positive choices about their health and wellbeing, and experiencing fewer unplanned hospital admissions.
Building on well-received trials in six areas, NHS England has now agreed a five-year licence to expand the use of the PAM tool with up to 1.8 million people, as a core component of the Self-Care programme.