At a time when 26 million people in England are living with at least one long term condition , Northamptonshire LibraryPlus is today launching a national scheme to support them with expert endorsed books available to borrow for free.
Reading Well for long term conditions is part of the successful Reading Well Books on Prescription programme delivered through English public libraries. It provides people living with long term conditions and their carers with high-quality book based information, support and advice on a range of conditions. On average people living with long term conditions spend just four hours a year with a health professional and 8,756 hours self-managing . There is therefore an enormous need for accessible, quality assured health information to help people understand and manage their symptoms.
Developed with health experts and people living with long term conditions and their carers, the new Reading Well scheme encourages people to take an active role in making decisions about their health and understanding and managing a range of long term their conditions. The books are free to borrow from all Northamptonshire libraries as well as in other participating libraries across England.
Reading Well for long term conditions has a recommended reading list of 28 books that were selected by health experts and people living with long term conditions. The list includes health information, memoir and self-management titles and covers conditions such as diabetes, stroke and heart disease, as well as common symptoms such as fatigue, pain, wellbeing and sleep problems.
The scheme is delivered by The Reading Agency in partnership with the Society of Chief Librarians and it is delivered through English public libraries. It is funded by Arts Council England and the Wellcome Trust. It is supported by a range of health organisations including Public Health England, Health Education England, Self Management UK and The Richmond Group of Charities and has been co-produced with people with lived experience with the support of the Coalition of Collaborative Care.
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Debbie Hicks, Creative Director at The Reading Agency and Neil MacInnes, President of the Society of Chief Librarians, say:
“The new Reading Well for long term conditions scheme has been designed to support people to self manage the physical and wellbeing symptoms of living with a long term condition. It is quality assured and evidence based and will be available through the public library network across the country, providing a new frontline community service in an area of enormous need. SCL and The Reading Agency are delighted to be working together with health partners to deliver this important new development in the public library health offer.”
Northamptonshire County Councillor for Public Health and Wellbeing, Sylvia Hughes, says:
“We are really delighted to be launching this new collection in our libraries. Our Customer and Wellbeing Advisors get enquiries about all sorts of health and wellbeing issues and conditions and it is great to be able to offer customers the best resources recommended by health professionals. Libraries’ friendly, safe and non-clinical environments make them the ideal place to find out more about health and wellbeing issues, seek support or just relax for a while.”
The core booklist for Reading Well for long term conditions includes:
1. How to Feel Better: Practical Ways to Recover Well from Illness and Injury by Frances Goodhart and Lucy Atkins (2015)
2. Self-Management of Long-Term Health Conditions by Kate Lorig (ed.) (2014)
3. Mindfulness for Health: A Practical Guide to Relieving Pain, Reducing Stress and Restoring Wellbeing by Vidyamala Burch and Danny Penman (2013) )
4. Diabetes for Dummies by Alan L. Rubin (2011)
5. The Selfish Pig’s Guide to Caring: How to Cope With the Emotional and Practical Aspects of Caring for Someone by Hugh Marriot (2009)
To celebrate the launch of the scheme Northamptonshire LibraryPlus will be showcasing the new titles at libraries across Northamptonshire on the following dates.
Far Cotton Library
St James Library
Weston Favell Library
Burton Latimer Library
Earls Barton Library
Middleton Cheney Library
Higham Ferrers Library
Long Buckby Library
Woodford Halse Library