The Human Five NHS App. Helping to achieve a person-centred, human-centred healthcare system.
Over recent decades healthcare has evolved from having a primary focus on meeting acute health needs to also pro-actively aiming to achieve disease prevention, or more recently perhaps better termed "health creation". It is broadly agreed that a person-centred model is useful for achieving optimal health and wellbeing for individuals and populations. A challenge to implementing a broader health and wellbeing approach has been marrying the established medical model with the broader, diverse and complex individual person needs.
To answer this challenge 'The Human Five' concept was developed as a simple universal health and wellbeing framework. The Human Five builds on the World Health Organisation bio-psycho-social model of health and aims to assist in the practical application of person-centred care. The model has five interrelated domains: Mind, Movement, Nutrition, Body, World. For more information on The Human Five Tool please see the pdf.
A Healthcare System "For Humans, By Humans"
The effectiveness and sustainability of a person-centred healthcare model is dependent on the health and wellbeing of the people working in the healthcare system and the culture of the system. The Human Five NHS App is being developed with Code4Health initially as a tool for staff for their own health and wellbeing. The App is also immediately transferable to the provision of care, particularly lending itself to the evolving Primary Care Team model of healthcare provision. The App is based on The Human Five framework and a paper based tool that is currently being used in clinical practice. It guides people through a quick and simple solutions-focused and individually tailored method to manage and improve health and wellbeing.
Integrating the NHS App into the EHR could help to encourage efficient and effective person-centred healthcare provision. Integrating the "health coaching" functionality of The Human Five NHS App into the EHR, and its utilisation in the evolving Primary Care Team approach could assist in the disease prevention and health creation of individuals and the population.
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