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Any long-term condition

An integrated approach to self-management

self management uk delivers generic and disease-specific programmes for patients with long-term conditions, such as diabetes, arthritis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and heart disease.

Programmes are delivered by fully-trained peer tutors who live with a long-term condition or care for someone with a long-term condition and have previously attended a self management uk course.

self management uk programmes use cognitive-behavioural and psychosocial approaches, empowering patients to manage their conditions.

Patients who attend self management uk programmes report an improved sense of well-being and better understanding of their condition. With greater ownership, patients require less support from healthcare professionals, attend accident and emergency (A&E) less frequently, and report more effective adherence to drug regimes, in turn lowering medication costs for prescribers.

We work in partnership with commissioners and healthcare professionals to identify patients who will benefit most from self-management support and to suggest which services will deliver the best outcomes.

Programme Information


This programme is aimed at individuals of all ages, with single or multiple long-term physical and/or mental health conditions, such as diabetes, COPD, asthma, depression, chronic pain, arthritis, among others

Course Type:

6 week course • 3 hours per week • Up to 16 participants

Benefits to Patients:

  • Adoption of positive self-care behaviours
  • Better quality of life
  • Reduced stress
  • Understanding adoption of self-management tools & techniques
  • Peer support

Benefits to Commissioners:

When patients attend this programme, they take a more active role in managing their health which results in fewer consultations with healthcare professionals, visit A&E less frequently and use less medication. This results in more efficient and effective use of healthcare resources