Enabling Others

Enabling and supporting others (including individuals, families and groups) to address their own health and wellbeing needs is an essential skill of most newly qualified practitioners.

Enabling patients/clients

As a newly qualified practitioner it is essential that you develop the clinical skills to help and enable people meet their daily health and wellbeing needs.

Identify areas of your practice where the following aspects of health are 'built in' part of your approach to your daily work:

  • enabling people to acknowledge and address issues in their lives
  • helping people to develop their knowledge and skills
  • helping people manage their health conditions
  • providing advice and information
  • supporting carers in their caring roles
  • supporting people to live independently

You will find the Supporting Self-management in Practice Toolkit useful in this activity.

Evolving nature of healthcare

There is a move away from the traditional models and patterns of care and towards:

  • the integration of health and social care and cross boundary working
  • self-directed care
  • self-management

This brings a range of challenges for healthcare professionals including:

  • cultural changes
  • changes in the pattern of work
  • changes in how risk is viewed and assessed

Using the following resources, critically examine how these changes could impact on the work that you and your team do. You may want to carry out this activity with your mentor or other colleagues.

Supporting self-management in practice: self-management of long term conditions

Reshaping care for older people learning resource.

The learning resource box will give you information on how to use this resource

Midwifery MKN

Learning Disability MKN

Building your skills to enable others

Select areas of your work where you can use and develop your skills in facilitating patients/clients to maintain their own health and wellbeing.

Develop an action plan to help you build your knowledge, skills and experience in enabling others.

In conjunction with your mentor, choose increasingly complex cases over the next year. This will enable you to build up your confidence and competence over the episodes of care.

Delivery Framework for Adult Rehabilitation

The Delivery Framework for Adult Rehabilitation in Scotland (2007) is a joint document for health and social work. 'The vision underpinning the framework is the creation of a modern, effective, multi-disciplinary, multi-agency approach to rehabilitation services that are flexible and responsive in meeting the needs of individuals and communities in Scotland.'

Review the contents page of this document and identify a section that has particular resonance for the setting you work in. Read this section and reflect on how what you have read compares with the way day-to-day care is provided in your work setting.

Record your reflections for your portfolio and discuss them with your mentor.

Social networking/ discussion activity

During your learning in this section, you will have identified good examples of enabling patients/clients to address their own health needs with support when needed.

Share these with other newly qualified practitioners and find out what they have learned and how they have supported the patients/clients.

Sharing good practice

A key way of learning about ways of providing the best possible care is to share what your team do, and to find out what other teams do. This can be areas of care where you have identified good practice or areas where there could be improvements and you are looking for new ideas or there are challenges.


  • how your team enables patients/clients to cope with their own health and wellbeing
  • areas of good practice or areas where the team could improve on current practice.
  • actions that could be taken

Discuss your ideas with your mentor and prepare them for sharing in a multidisciplinary or peer group setting. Ask the group if your ideas can be taken forward in practice. Reflect upon this experience and make an entry in your portfolio.

You may wish to refer to:


Safe Practice

Enabling others and long-term conditions

Whatever your work setting, you will most likely have patients/clients who have long-term conditions which are likely to change over time.

Identify a condition you are likely to encounter regularly and:

  • identify the key features of this condition that are likely to change over time. These may be temporary or progressive.
  • what could be the impact of this change on the individual's ability to meet their own health and wellbeing needs?
  • what can the team do to help support the patient/client deal with this change and to best remain able to meet their own health and wellbeing needs?
  • how can forward planning make transitions as easy as possible for patients/clients?

Portfolio - enabling others

Reflecting on the activities you have completed, identify the enabling skills that you require to develop in order for you to carry out your post safely and effectively.

With your NHS KSF reviewer agree your Personal Development Plan for the next 6 months.

Decide upon dates for reviewing your progress in this area with your mentor.

Add an alert to your Flying Start portfolio and /or make a date in your diary to revisit Enabling Others.