The self-Care space is an exciting adjunct to our NHS clinical services and provides additional assistance for commonly seen problems such as chronic pain, fatigue, sleep problems, and low and anxious mood.
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.
These activities are available to current or recently discharged (up to one year) Queen Square patients (from both the Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine and the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery).
We do not accept referrals for self care activities. Please note that services provided in the RLHIM self-care space are volunteer-led and not NHS-funded so you cannot claim patient fares or book patient transport.
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.
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.
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 meets regularly to oversee the activities, decide upon new ones, and review user feedback to assure quality within the service.
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 the 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.
The evaluation will be built into each service, such as satisfaction questionnaires, free text feedback, and validated PROMs (patient-reported outcome measures), and we would invite and encourage service users to take part in this vital aspect of the service.