Wakefield self help groups to support people with a long term health condition


South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is inviting people in and around Wakefield affected by a long term health condition to attend monthly self-help groups.

The Wakefield self management service, which delivers the Expert Patient Programme (EPP), is setting up two self management and self help groups for anyone who’s been on the EPP to help continue to improve their health and wellbeing and regain some control of their lives..

The Expert Patient Programme is a training course that teaches people how to manage their conditions by using five core skills: problem solving, decision making, making the best of resources, developing effective partnerships with healthcare providers and taking appropriate action.

The first group, known as Smash (Self Management and Self Help), is on the 4th Thursday of each month at Pontefract Micklegate Methodist Church starting at 10 am till 12 noon. The next event will be held on Thursday 26th July.

Another group will also be starting on Tuesday 11 September 2012 at West Wakefield Methodist Church with a 10 am start till 12 noon.

The groups are free of charge and are an opportunity to learn how to improve self management skills and control a person’s condition. The groups are made up of people with similar experience who support and encourage each other, offering advice and sharing management tips.

Speaking about the groups EPP coordinator Lynn Daniel said, “The groups are all about ‘people helping themselves’ and will be a positive group for anyone with a long term condition who has started on the self management path by going through the EPP course. They will offer mutual support and local people can come to whichever session or venue suits them best. Anyone is welcome to attend to find out more in a relaxed, friendly environment.”

For more information about the self help groups call EPP coordinator Lynn Daniel on 01977 665732 or 01977 665788.

Details about the Trust including how to become a member can be found online at www.southwestyorkshire.nhs.uk

Wakefield self help groups to support people with a long term health condition

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