Steps to build own health plan

1. Objective

2. Choose your list of plan headings

3. Steps to start to build your own plan; and then take to discuss and develop with your doctors.

[Time to read: 6 mins]

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1. Objective

As the new NHS long-term plan [Jan. 2019] says, “Patients’ Personal Health Records will hold a personal care plan that includes information added by the patients themselves, or their home carers. Making care plans available to the patient and all clinicians caring for them will help ensure the right care actions are taken in good time” [para. 5.15].

2. Choose your list of plan headings

Suggest you open a new file, and give it a name like ‘My health plan’. Start by copying headings that are important to you, from the ones listed below. Then, as you read health web pages and health magazines, enter your plan actions under the right heading. Your plan needs to include some of the following that you choose as being important for you.

  1. Patient contacts & summary medical history, (I always carry an emergency card with these on), and your needs in emergencies.
  2. My other medical treatments’ plan
  3. My diet plan, and my more exercise plan
  4. My future health checks plan (tests/dates, annual review dates, etc.)
  5. My further health learning plan – diabetes, heart, and/or stroke learning.
  6. Instructions for emergencies
  7. Going into hospital – waiting time too long? Contact your GP; How to avoid hospital-acquired infections
  8. Digestive upsets; sick day rules;
  9. Health Helplines. e.g. Diabetes UK Helpline (T: 0345 123 2399).
  10. Heart: what if possible heart attack
  11. Stroke: what if possible stroke happens? or a mini-stroke, often called a ‘TIA’? Remember act ‘FAST‘. 
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12. My notes on important happenings & questions for my doctor

13. Targets discussed and agreed, e.g. blood tests, weight, smoking, exercise, with dates by.

3. Steps to start to build your own plan

1. Enter important personal health data from your digital monitors, smartwatches, and
smartphone apps. And do not forget your own NHS app includes part of your own personal health record. Keep it short, items that worry you and actions to take, for review with your doctors. Important questions include:

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  1. 2. Your blood pressure readings, your blood pressure readings over the past year
  2. 3, Any abnormal blood tests, not marked by the NHS as ‘normal’ . These should be recorded on your NHS app digital record.
  3. 4. Since your lifestyle is so important to your health, report on your regular exercise, weight, and diet.
  4. 5. Any other health concerns you have, including diseases you think you are at risk of, and want to to prevent – check this list of long term diseases you could prevent.

pointing finger6. Actions?  Decide which sections, above, you want to put in your own health plan. Copy their sub-headings into your own ‘my health plan’ file. Then decide your detailed actions, dates by, or how often, and targets. Put them in your draft plan, to discuss with your doctor.

page updated 28 July 2020.   © 2020 by social enterprise™ Ltd.

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