DIY Health Training
The DIY Health approach aims to support and empower people with the knowledge, skills and confidence necessary to find solutions for managing health.
Co-production is where experience, knowledge and skills are shared to generate solutions to a range of health related issues, whilst identifying existing capabilities and building confidence.
The goal of DIY Health training is to embrace the concept of co-production, and through working with people who share the same interest, issue or condition create solutions together. This method recognises the control that patients – and local people - can have over their own lifestyle choices and health decisions, which are important elements of self-care.
By the end of a training session in DIY Health, participants will:
- Have an understanding of co-production and its use
- Have a plan of how the DIY Health approach can be used in everyday situations
- Be able to encourage sustainable change and contribute to improving community life
- Improve their health and lifestyle management related skills
- Gain confidence and self-esteem
- Positively reconsider and use own and community’s resources
- Build relationships and networks
- Adapt and develop the model to meet the specific needs, preferences and priorities of different local areas
- Implement the project in other settings
The training is open to managers, health professionals, admin, local people and community organisations.
This training is based on a pilot project at St Andrews Health Centre which involved health professionals and parents of children aged 0-5. The successful implementation and the positive outcomes for parents have lead to the delivery of the project across GP networks in Tower Hamlets, in partnership with Health Visitors and Children’s Centres.