Free self management courses for patients with long term conditions

Self management uk is a charity offering self management support for people living with long-term health conditions.

They have a selection of free courses for patients with long term conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and heart disease.

The courses are for adults over 18 who feel they would benefit from learning self-management skills to support their care planning and future management of their condition. The courses are not suitable for patients with dementia, those who are house bound and patients whose mental health is not well controlled.

The courses run for six weeks and each session is 3 hours long including a refreshment break.

Locally this service has been commissioned by NELFT NHS Foundation Trust and is available to patients in the Basildon and Brentwood CCG locality. Patients can be referred by their GP/health professional and can also self-refer. See what patients say about self management uk's courses

Future dates of introductory sessions people can join:

Thursday 16 March, 8pm - Doddinghurst Road Church, Brentwood CM15 9EH.  This event is being hosted by Diabetes UK. Anyone or any organisation is welcome to attend. If the full course is of interest, the patient will be able to sign up to six, three hour sessions to be held at Brentwood Community Hospital starting the end of March.

Future six week courses people can join:

Starts Tuesday 28 March, 12noon-3pm at Brentwood Community Hospital, Crescent Drive, Brentwood CM15 8DR. Runs same time every Tuesday for six weeks with last session on 2 May.

Starts Saturday 22 April, 10am – 1pm at Billericay United Reformed Church 99 Chapel St, Billericay CM12 9LR. Runs same time every Saturday for six weeks with the last session on 27 May.

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Self management UK can be contacted on 0800 988 5560, 03333 445 840 (mobile friendly) or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.