Managing Long Term Conditions

Ways to manage your long term condition 

What the Self Management Course has done for Micheline

Self‐Management for Life Online

SelfManagement for Life Online is a free structured course based on the Expert Patients Programme (EPP) ran by Self Management UKthe leading self management organisation in the UK who have over 12 years’ experience working with patients, carers, healthcare professionals, clinical commissioning groups, clinicians and commissioners. 

The course is targeted at adults with long term conditions. See some of the testimonial videos on the right. If you are interested in registering for the free online course call Self-Management UK on 0800 9885560 for information on how to do so. If you do not have a computer to access the online free course, contact your local library to ask about using theirs. 

Topics covered include:

  • Healthy lifestyle advice including sleep, diet and exercise
  • Relaxation techniques including ways to manage pain, fatigue and stress
  • Better communication with family, friends and health professionals

The course is designed to give patients the flexibility to learn at their own pace alongside trained peer tutors who are available to answer questions and offer support where necessary. It has seven interactive modules, giving patients a range of tools and techniques to manage their long term condition.

For more information about Self-Management UK telephone 03333 445 840 or email

According to the Self Management UK website:

People with long-term conditions spend an average of just three hours per year with their healthcare team. The rest of the time, they are effectively self-managing.  self management uk can help them to become more effective self-managers. 

Self management support enables and encourages patients with long-term conditions to take a more proactive role in managing their health and wellbeing

Self management is about giving people living with long-term conditions the tools, skills and support they need to improve their own wellbeing.

It encourages them to:

  • find out more about their condition
  • learn new skills and tools to help them manage their health
  • work better, and in partnership, with healthcare professionals
  • take charge of their healthcare


Self management programmes are delivered by trained peer facilitators who are experienced at managing their own long-term condition. Peer-led programmes provide the optimal environment for patient engagement and education. Patients are more responsive to learning from people who have first-hand knowledge of the challenges they face.

Supported self management enhances:

  • patient engagement and activation
  • shared decision making
  • personal care planning
  • appropriate information and education
  • personalised health goals for patients
  • outcomes focused approach
  • partnership between patients and their health, social care and careers professionals to improve health outcomes

Enhancing quality of life for people with long-term conditions and ensuring people feel supported to manage their condition are key requirements included in the NHS Outcomes Framework. Active support for self management is the King’s Fund number 1 priority for commissioners.

We can help you design and implement self management solutions that deliver on the Quality, Innovation, Productivity and Prevention (QIPP) challenge by improving care to patients and contributing to NHS savings. We work with Clinical Commissioning Groups and individual GP practices, as well as public health and reablement teams, to provide a complete service including:

  • planning self management support to meet local needs
  • offering flexible and innovative services that can be commissioned to fit around existing offers
  • using risk stratification to identify those patients who would most benefit from our self management interventions
  • designing flexible and innovative services across a range of channels, giving patients relevant and timely choices
  • increasing awareness and skills of frontline staff to understand and promote self management
  • encouraging and supporting a self management culture among patients and healthcare professionals
  • working with patients, carers and the community to deliver high levels of engagement
  • ensuring a consistent delivery methodology for programmes to facilitate evaluation and build a coherent evidence base.

Other online resources

Internet‐based resources you can try include the NHS website at for information in multiple formats including video about the best self‐management methods for various conditions.

The People First website can be found at and it provides information about health relevant to the boroughs of Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington & Chelsea, and Westminster. They will soon be launching additional websites to share further information with borough residents about self‐management, and they will promote these websites on their CCG websites, through the People First website and at local GP surgeries.