The Self-Care Space 

  • The Self-care Space - launched at the RLHIM

    RLHIM is delighted to announce the opening of the innovative The Self-Care Space, an exciting adjunct to our NHS clinical services helping with problems we see commonly such as chronic pain, tiredness, sleep problems, low and anxious mood, and menopausal symptoms.

    We will be offering the chance to explore a number of therapies and activities, including Mindfulness, Autogenic Training, guided exercise techniques such as Tai Chi, Yoga and Pilates. We will run regular group workshops for patients to come together in a positive and supportive way to develop and share skills. We see this co-created approach as an essential part of living well with long term conditions.

    The Self-Care Space is located in The Peter Fisher Centre

  • What is self-care?

    Self-care is an essential part of any health system. People are encouraged to take control of their own health as much as they feel able to and given the tools and knowledge to do this. At the core of self-care is the development of more equal partnerships between health professionals and patients.

    “Self-Care” covers a range of activities including health protection and maintenance, treatment of minor conditions and self-management of conditions. Research has shown that it can be a highly effective addition to medical treatment, particularly in the self-management of long term conditions in clinical settings and self-help groups.

  • Who is able to take part in the activities?

    These activities are available to current or recently discharged (up to one year) Queen Square patients (from both the RLHIM and the National Hospital for Neurology).

    We do not accept referrals for the Self Care activities.

  • Who will run the activities?

    Activities are run by experienced Volunteer therapists and facilitators. All volunteers have been through the UCLH Volunteer registration process, including interviews, DBS checks and induction.

    Quality is assured by the Self-Space Steering Committee. Volunteers are selected based on their experience, competence and good standing with an appropriate professional body. Each volunteer undertakes regular supervision by an RLHIM staff member.

  • Who is responsible for the activities?

    The Self-Care Steering Committee is composed of three senior clinicians, two patient representatives, a Queen Square management representative, The Peter Fisher Centre administrator, and the RLHIM Research Director. The committee meet regularly to oversee the activities, decide upon new ones, review user feedback and evaluations to assure quality within the service.
  • How can I find out about and participate in the activities?

    A regular menu of current activities will be published on this page. Those who wish to take part in a self-care activity can do so by visiting The Peter Fisher Centre in person, or by contacting us by telephone or email.

    There will be a limit to the number of people in each session, and you will be advised as to when you can start at time of booking. To ensure as many people as possible are able to take part we will advise how many sessions you may attend when you sign up, and the ground rules for each session.

  • How will services be evaluated?

    Evaluation will be built in to each service, such as satisfaction questionnaires, free text feedback, and validated PROMs (patient-reported outcome measures), and we would be invite and encourage service users to take part in this vital aspect of the service. A report will be published for each activity in collaboration with our Research Department.

 Contact details

The Self Care Space
The Peter Fisher Centre
Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine
60 Great Ormond Street London WC1N 3HR

Enquiries

Telephone: 020 3448 2310 (Answer phone)
Email: uclh.rlhim.selfcare@nhs.net
Service Manager: Loretta Chinwokwu