Self Management

Self management is about people living with long term conditions being in ‘the driving seat’.  It supports people to live their lives better, on their terms. Self management supports and encourages people living with long term conditions to access information and to develop skills to find out what’s right for their condition and, most importantly, right for them. Together with health professionals and others who provide support, self management can help people to make decisions that are right for their life.

Scotland’s Self Management Strategy for Long Term Conditions, Gaun Yersel’, was launched by The ALLIANCE and the Scottish Government in September 2008. Self Management is part of the Person-centred Ambition of the NHS Scotland Quality Strategy.

The ALLIANCE supports self management in a number of ways including:

  • Working in partnership with our members, NHS, Local Authorities and the Scottish Government to develop and implement policy and good practice – including Gaun Yersel.
  • Hosting the Self Management Network Scotland to share experience and best practice through networking events, blog articles and e-mail communications.
  • Administering the Self Management Fund for Scotland.
  • Leading on the My Condition My Terms My Life Self Management Awareness Raising Campaign
  • Supporting Scotland’s Self Management Week
  • Read our overview report to find out more about the ALLIANCE’s work in shaping the self management landscape in Scotland.


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