Investment in Health Coaching and Health Coaches

Investment in Health Coaching and Health Coaches

How does this impact on Community Wellbeing? By reducing demand on primary and secondary health services and social care resources. Targeted health coaching with a health professional (e.g. occupational therapist or psychologist) trained specifically in health coaching can make a significant difference in helping people reframe their health and social care issues, demedicalise health issues which have underlying behavioural and social causes or influencers and enable people to fell less helpless and less dependent upon others by helping them identify realistic personal solutions within their control. Series of sessions (one-to-one not usually group) enabling the person to face cognitive dissonance in their health goals and behaviours and find sustainable, manageable approaches to managing their own health. Not a replacement for essential medication but can facilitate more effective medication review. Allows more face-to-face time with patients (where necessary) to facilitate more effective prevention of ill health. Why should the Committee focus on this as part of their future work? Good impacts over ten years in SE England where this was introduced to reduce demand on health and social care services (particularly GP appointments) through addressing the underlying issues to service use.


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