Ways to develop your own health plan

Here are 2 different plan frameworks to get started in creating and developing your own personal health plan. Also suggested steps that you could use, as we have done in developing our own personal health plans.  [Time to read: 6 mins]

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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].

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 wants and needs
  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
  8. How to avoid hospital-acquired infections
  9. Digestive upsets; sick day rules;
  10. Diabetes: Diabetes UK Helpline (T: 0345 123 2399).
  11. Heart: what if possible heart attack
  12. Stroke: what if possible stroke happens? or a mini-stroke, often called a ‘TIA’? Remember act ‘FAST‘. 
FAST strokes

13. My notes on important happenings & questions for my doctor

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

Framework of your diabetes prevention plan

Frameworks of your heart diseases prevention plan & strokes prevention plan

Living with heart failure: BHF’s Personal Record.

Helps you to keep  important notes about your heart failure, e.g. symptoms, medication and treatments, all in one place. It will help you & your health professionals to track your progress. Copy this personal record framework, or part of it, into your plan if needed.

pointing fingerActions?  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 30 June 2020.   © 2020 by social enterprise Diabetes-cutmyrisks.co.uk.™ Ltd.

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