Evidence & Case Studies for My Health My Way service
We work within an evidence-based framework of self-management support and have collated evidence of our impact locally. The very person-centred nature of our work means that case studies often feel the most powerful way to convey the message of the impact of our work. You can find out some of our case studies at the bottom of this page.
The service uses the Patient Activation Measure (PAM) as a tailoring tool and outcome measure. The work of My Health My Way has also been evaluated independently by ICF and internally in the context of our co-location work with GP practices.
Alignment with local and national strategy, and national evidence base for self-management support
The service has been commissioned by Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), and is run by Help & Care in partnership with Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust.
Nationally, the Five Year Forward Viewfrom NHS England (published October 2014) places significant emphasis on 'empowering people and communities' and supporting 'people to manage their own health'.
This has been reflected locally in the Sustainability and Transformation Plan(STP) in Dorset through the 'Prevention At Scale' workstream, focusing on secondary prevention and linking in with the community integration agenda.
Health coaching (over the phone, face to face, goal-focused conversations and motivational interviewing) is one of a range of different types of support that might help individuals with health conditions. Other services across Dorset, Poole and Bournemouth offer support that covers different aspects of this spectrum, such as Live Well Dorset, Steps 2 Wellbeing and My Life My Care for example.
My Health My Way, as a health coaching service, is based on a growing evidence base around self-management support.
The main benefits of self-management are:
Improved knowledge, confidence and skills to manage their health
Better experience of healthcare services
Better health outcomes
Reduced use of primary care and emergency care services
Lower healthcare costs
Summarising evidence for self-management support here
Further reading for professionals on Self-Management Support here