Self Care

Hero Image

However, despite the apparent willingness people have to self care, each year 57 million people visit their GP and 3.7 million people visit the accident and emergency department of their local hospital for symptoms that could be treated with self care and over the counter (OTC) products widely available in community pharmacies, large pharmacy chains and supermarkets. This unnecessary use of NHS services costs an estimated £2.3 billion pounds a year.

PAGB is calling for a national strategy for self care to provide the leadership and policy coordination necessary to fully embed self care into the NHS and people’s lives.  You can read more about our campaigns to make the case for self care and on the sustainability of the NHS on the policy and campaigns pages.

PAGB defines self care as the actions people take for themselves and their families to promote and maintain good health and wellbeing and to take care of their self-treatable conditions.


Self Care White Paper
Self care factsheets

Self care factsheets

Factsheets to help healthcare professionals and patients discuss issues around self care including how to manage symptoms. Redirects to the Self Care Forum, a charity supported by PAGB.

Your questions answered

Which medicines can cause drowsiness?
Do cough medicines work?
How is advertising for OTC medicines regulated? ...

Self care products

Self Care Forum

Find resources for healthcare professionals, news and events (redirects to Self Care Forum website)