Ross-on-Wye residents with long-term health conditions are invited to sign up for a free self-help course which starts next month (March).
The course, run by Wye Valley NHS Trust, will help people find new ways of managing their long-term health conditions to help them lead a better quality of life.
One of the course tutors is Christine Hulbert, who was diagnosed with diabetes several years ago. “We understand how long-term health conditions can significantly impact on a person’s daily life and the course is very much about giving people the space and time to consider their long-term health needs and develop plans to manage them,” said Christine, who lives near Ross-on-Wye.
“I attended a similar course when I was diagnosed with diabetes and it transformed the way I manage my condition. The Expert Patient Programme has helped improve many people’s lives as the tutors have first-hand experience of living with long-term health conditions.”
The course will improve participants’ general health, allow them to share experiences with others in similar situations and help improve communication with health care professionals.
A key element of the programme involves setting individual action plans - these help those taking part set achievable goals each week which improves their self-confidence.
“The important thing is that it’s a course to improve self-management and each individual is the expert in living with their own condition as they understand it better than anyone else.
“We’ll also be giving advice on how to get the best out of contacts with healthcare professionals – some people can find this difficult and we’ll be helping them get the best out of their appointments with consultants and doctors.”
The course is open to anyone over the age of 18 with any long-term health condition regardless of what it is. Previous participants manage conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, asthma, back pain, MS, ME Parkinson’s, depression and epilepsy.
The course in Ross-on-Wye starts on Tuesday, March 8, and consists of six sessions which take place at the Larruperz Centre, from 10.30am-1pm.
Booking is essential. Anyone wanting to join the course should contact Sue Tobey, Expert Patient Programme co-ordinator on 01432 364463, or 07814 477 709 or email Sue.Tobey@wvt.nhs.uk
Notes to Editors WVT:
- Wye Valley NHS Trust is the provider health services across Herefordshire and beyond. The Trust exists to improve the wellbeing, independence and health of the people we serve. We are the leading provider of health care in Herefordshire.
- By working closely with our partners, we can make good our promise to deliver a quality of care we would want for ourselves, our families and our friends.
- With an estimated annual turnover of around £180 million, we employ around 2,700 plus staff. We aim to build new relationships between our staff, patients, service users and their carers with the wider community.
For further information please contact:
John Burnett, Communication and Engagement Manager, Wye Valley NHS Trust: 01432 372928 or Fiona Gurney, Communications Officer 01432 355444 ext. 5105.