Tools to help you plan and
support self care
Infrastructure and resource matrix
Why you should use this
To assess the readiness of your organisation’s infrastructure in the development of self care support. The matrix should help you to plot gaps in resource availability.
When to use this
While taking stock of your baseline resources in the preliminary stages of evolving an action plan for a new initiative such as promoting and supporting self care.
What to do
Study Table T8.1 and plot your PCT/practice’s resources by ticking where there are identified resources available and making a cross where there are none in the matrix in Table T8.2.
How it works (insight)
Identifying gaps in infrastructure or resources enables you (as a PCT/practice) to build an action plan of the next steps to promoting and supporting self care.
Whom to engage
This exercise can be used by teams, PCT directorate or the practice as a whole, to identify resource needs. How much time you should allow A one hour discussion with homework by some individuals afterwards to fill in the gaps.
What a facilitator should do
Describe the task to be completed before participants gather to discuss resources. Encourage people to come prepared with information about current resources. Ensure someone is nominated to receive follow-on information.
What to do next
Feed the completed table into the action planning process.
What makes it work better
The right people completing the table so that accurate information and reasonable guesstimates are contributed.
What can go wrong
Information about resources is inaccurate, predictions are unrealistic, assumptions are made and any guesstimates are too low, so participants underestimate the need for future resources for the new initiative to be put into place, piloted and succeed.
Matrix – take stock of the resources you will need for supporting self care in your PCT/practice