Do you live in Kirklees and have chronic pain, breathing problems or anxiety? My Health Tools, a new online tool to help people manage their long term conditions has been launched in Kirklees.
My Health Tools supports people living in Kirklees to manage the impact of their long term health condition through practical information, tools and skills. To find out more, or try My Health Tools, go to www.myhealthtools.uk
1 in 4 people in Kirklees live with some sort of long term condition such as diabetes, asthma and long term pain. Managing a long term condition can be challenging, but with the right help and support, it is possible to learn to self-manage a condition and lead a better quality of life.
My Health Tools has been designed by and for local people, and will support them to better manage their needs, monitor their condition and help them to feel more in control. It provides access to a wealth of trustworthy information and resources giving people the more choices and the opportunity to access extra support.
My Health Tools aims to help people make the changes they want, and improve their lives whilst living with a long term health condition. It can help people to:
- Feel in control of their lives while living with their health condition
- Increase their confidence to better manage their health condition
- Be inspired with many new ideas about how to best manage their health condition
- Access support and skills that meet their needs
My Health Tools helps people to take day-to-day control of their well-being. Underpinned by proven Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) techniques, My Health Tools encourages behavioural change by supporting users to achieve measurable goals. It takes a ‘whole-person’ approach that promotes independent decision-making – and users can also engage with a circle of formal and informal support.
My Heath Tools is being rolled out by Kirklees Council’s Public Health Directorate, working with the Greater Huddersfield and North Kirklees Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs). It has been built by Kirklees Council-owned technology developer, Looking Local. Long-term health care professionals have also contributed to its development.
Sarah Muckle, Acting Director of Public Health, who leads the My Health Tools project for Kirklees Council said: “At Kirklees we are really excited about My Health Tools and working with our residents in a different way, supporting them to make more informed choices about their own health. Research has shown that self-management of care works; and with My Health Tools users can draw on a wide range of support and advice whenever they need it, 24-hours a day.”
Cllr Viv Kendrick, Kirklees Council Cabinet Member for Prevention and Early Intervention added “My Health Tools can help people regain control of their lives, while living with a long term health condition. It can support you to assess your needs, develop self-care skills, set goals and make informed lifestyle choices.”
Kirklees Council, local Clinical Commissioning Groups, health care providers, front line services and communities all worked together to ensure My Health Tools will meet the needs of the local population of Kirklees. My Health Tools will continue to develop; additional conditions and more information will be added in the future