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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)

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

Course Details

Lesson Plan

Sections within the module include:

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

Target Audience

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


It is estimated that this module will take approximately 1-2 hours to complete (depending on learning speed). As an e-learning module you can complete this training in convenient stages and revisit whenever you wish. The system will record your progress throughout.


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

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.

What our customers have said

'Easy to follow'
SG, NHS South of Tyne and Wear, 09/04/2009

Cost and Discounts

£30 + VAT - This cost is for a single user.

Discounts are available for multiple users (10 or more) for more information please contact , or telephone Sales on 01943 885089.

How it Works

The information below is specific to this particular course. If you would like a more general guide to how our purchasing and learning works please visit the Four Easy Steps page which should tell you all you need to know.

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This is an online course, all the training will be taken through your browser window. There will be no face-to-face sessions with instructors nor will you receive any training material through the post. If you wish you may print out any page of the training material, and may also print the notes you took during the training.

You can also revisit the training material at any time, even after you have completed the course.


The material for this course has been broken down into several smaller lessons, each lesson dealing with a specific area of the overall subject.

The lesson consist of a series of pages in which an instructor will talk you through the lesson material at a pace that suits you. Pages may also include supporting pictures, graphs, animation or extra sounds to help with the learning where appropriate. Some lessons will include challenges/quizzes to help you keep in touch and interested in the material.

Lessons can be taken in any order and each lesson may be PAUSED and RESUMED at any stage. When all lessons in the course have been completed our system will realise and automatically record that you have successfully completed the course


This course is delivered fully online allowing you to learn at your own pace, however an average duration would be 1-2 hours.

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