ABOUT THE PATIENT SELF MANAGEMENT PROGRAMME (SMP)
What is the Patient Self Management Programme about?
The Co-Creating Health Self Management Programme is a free course open to anyone living in the Calderdale & Huddersfield Areas who live with musculoskeletal pain. The course is based on the Expert Patient Programme Chronic Disease Self-Management Course with the exception that it is co-delivered by a clinician working with patients who have musculoskeletal Pain and a lay tutor living with musculoskeletal pain. This creates a powerful model of partnership and collaboration for course participants.
Self management is about putting into practice a set of skills we can learn, rather than just relying on what health experts such as doctors can offer us. Becoming a good self manager takes time and practice.
This programme is about getting the opportunity to learn from each other and practice some simple skills and find out which ones suit us. The aim of this being to enable the group to work together to find solutions to difficulties you may have experienced in coping with your long term condition and improve everyone’s sense of balance and control over their lives.
What benefits can I hope to achieve by attending the course?
- Increased confidence in self-managing your condition
- Gains in energy levels
- Improvements in your quality of life
- Improvements in psychological wellbeing
- Some reductions in costs of hospital use
- Feeling more able to make decisions as an equal partner with clinicians whilst contributing to collaborative decision making by using improved communication skills
- Confidence in using agenda and goal setting / action planning and follow up; and using these skills in managing your daily life with your pain.
- Being able to make the most of changes coming from the other two elements of Co-Creating Health (The Advanced Development Programme for Clinicians and the Service Improvement Programme
- Feeling more able to make changes in your behaviour which will improve the medical management of your condition.
What about my treatment or medication?
The course will not affect any treatment that you may currently be having; it is a way of looking at your health in different ways.
What does the course entail?
Each course lasts for approximately three hours, once a week for seven consecutive weeks. During each session you will take part in group discussions or activities and individual exercises.
After completing the course you will receive a certificate to show you have attended the Self Management Programme. There is also the opportunity to attend Self Management course reunions
For further information about a course in your area:
Contact Laura Jackson, Co-Creating Health Project Assistant on 01484 347036 or e-mail email@example.com
Or you can write to
The Project Office
Room 205, The Learning Centre
Huddersfield Royal Infirmary
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