The Fylde Coast has been recognised with a national award for exemplary partnership working in the promotion of Self Care Week 2018.

The campaign was to encourage local people to ‘choose self-care for life’ by making health-savvy decisions.

The Fylde Coast clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) worked with Blackpool Council, Fylde Council and Wyre Council, Ash Tree HouseSurgery, Blackpool Football Club Community Trust, clubs and societies who advertise on the FYi directory, Fylde Community Safety Team, Just Good Friends, neighbourhoods, local service providers, Park View 4U and practice participation groups (PPGs) to promote Self Care Week 2018.

Speaking on behalf of Fylde Coast CCGs, Dr Adam Janjua, acting chair said: “I am delighted that the CCGs and councils have been recognised for their collaborative working.  They have been working hard to improve people’s knowledge of how to treat and care for themselves, so they rely less on health and social care services.”

During the week, the Fylde Coast saw more than 70 self-care themed events organised by local charities, organisations and community groups listed on the FYi directory of Fylde Coast services. The events ranged from mindfulness taster sessions, literature afternoons and HIV testing in Blackpool town centre.

As a result of the self-care promotional work, over one hundred people joined the Just Good Friends, a local befriending group.

NHS Blackpool CCG and NHS Fylde and Wyre CCG have been named joint winners of the award ‘Outstanding CCG’ from the Self Care Forum and NHS Clinical Commissioners, for their contribution to the week.

Alongside the events, the CCGs and councils also campaigned for people to share #SelfCareSelfies and continued using #FitterFyldeCoast from the CCG’s recent Guinness World Record success. Self-care books have been sent to all GP surgeries on the Fylde coast.

Garry Payne, chief executive of Wyre Council, commented: “Working collaboratively is at the heart of Wyre Council and we’re so pleased that this partnership has been recognised for its work. The events and activities that we hosted were so popular within Wyre and we will encourage more people in 2019 to understand how to look after themselves as well as keep fit and healthy.”

A handy, printable self care booklet is found at – www.fyldecoastccgs.nhs.uk/selfcare

Self Care Forum Board Member, Dr Knut Schroeder, who is also on the judging panel said “It is heartening to know that so many organisations are realising the benefit of using Self Care Week as a vehicle to help improve people’s understanding of how to better look after their own physical health and mental wellbeing.  I am very much looking forward to seeing what’s in store for Self Care Week 2019.”

The CCGs have been asked to present a best practice presentation at the Health Plus Care event, run by the NHS Clinical Commissioners in June 2019.