Introducing PAM - Patient Activation Measure

Patient activation – Improving people’s ability to manage their own health conditions

Health organisations in Herefordshire and Worcestershire have been successful in their bid to roll-out a new evidence based tool, offering support to patients to manage their own health conditions.

The three Worcestershire Clinical Commissioning Groups (NHS Redditch and Bromsgrove, NHS South Worcestershire and NHS Wyre Forest), along with Herefordshire CCG and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust, jointly made the bid to NHS England to host Patient Activation Measure (PAM) licences for the county as part of the Sustainability Transformation Plan (STP).

In Worcestershire, licences are being used for those with long term conditions including on the Patient Self-Management Programme. There is also an opportunity to widen this scope and a variety of programmes have expressed an interested in using PAM.

The licences are for an initial one year period, covering 2016/17 and if successfully implemented, the licences will be extended.

Patient Activation is a measure of a patient's knowledge, skills and confidence to manage their own health. Evidence shows that when people are supported to become more involved, they benefit from better health outcomes, improved experiences of care and fewer unplanned care admissions.

By understanding people’s activation levels, the NHS can support those people in ways appropriate to their individual needs. The PAM is a tool which enables this and captures the extent to which people feel engaged and confident in taking care of their health.

If you are interested in finding out more about the PAM please contact Emma Fisher:

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