A way of living and working that means people living with long term conditions feel more in control of their own health and wellbeing.

Self management is about people living with long term conditions being in ‘the driving seat’. It supports people to live their lives better, on their terms.

Self management supports and encourages people living with long term conditions to access information and to develop skills to find out what’s right for their condition and, most importantly, right for them.

Life can be better with self management. Being told you have a condition for which there may be no cure can be devastating. Individuals respond in individual ways. It can often have a profound impact on a person’s well-being and self-esteem.

Together with health professionals and others who provide support, self management can help people to make decisions that are right for their life.

Self management can mean people being:

  • better informed about their condition(s)
  • better prepared for everyday challenges
  • better supported when they need it

The Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland works to embed this approach across Scotland through our self management work:

What support is available for my story? 

Everyone has a self management story. To find out how to support your health and wellbeing through self management speak to your GP or health professional or visit A Local Information System for Scotland (ALISS) (this link will take you away from our website) to search for health and wellbeing resources in your area.