This site is intended for healthcare professionals only

Do-it-yourself health gets results

Written by: | Published:

Istock_nursery children

An innovative new project, DIY Health (0-five) gives parents of children under five the knowledge and skills to confidently manage their children's health at home, and to know when to seek further help. The DIY Health pilot project was co-produced by Bromley by Bow Health Partnership (BBBHP) in partnership with the Bromley by Bow Centre, local children's centres, health visitors and parents in the local community.

The pilot cohort of the project in 2013-14 saw encouraging results; parents felt confident and empowered to look after their family's health and there was an increase in access to the Pharmacy First scheme, a minor ailments scheme run by local pharmacies where they can supply some medicines on the NHS. Attendances to general practice, out-of-hours general practice and A&E were reduced.

The project guides parents on accessing the right health services at the right time and at the right place. For example pharmacists, health visitors, local children's centres or online resources can be accessed for support in managing self-limiting illnesses and GP out-of-hours and emergency services for more severe illnesses.

How does it work?

Please login or register to read the rest of the article and to have access to downloads and comments.

What do you think? Leave a comment below or tweet your views to @IndyNurseMag

This material is protected by MA Healthcare Ltd copyright.
See Terms and Conditions.

Read a free issue from Practice Nursing

Register to read a free issue from our sister publication, Practice Nursing.

Including articles on asthma, diabetes and more. Read your copy.


Sign up to the newsletter


Independent Nurse is the professional resource for primary care and community nurses, providing clinical articles for practice nurses and prescribers.


Subscribe to our newsletter and stay up to date with the latest nursing news.

Stay Connected

Stay social with Independent Nurse by following us on Twitter, liking us on Facebook or connecting on LinkedIn.


Need access to some of our older articles? You can view our archive, or alternatively contact us.

Contact Us

MA Healthcare Ltd.
St Jude's Church, Dulwich Road
London, SE24 0PB

Tel: +44 (0)20 7738 5454
Registered in England and Wales No. 01878373

Meet the team


Find out how to contribute to Independent Nurse here.