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Long-Term Condition Self-Management - Improving Lives Plymouth

Empowering people living with any long-term physical or low level mental health condition to better manage their condition and to achieve a better quality of life.

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Address:156 Mannamead Road
Telephone number: 01752 201892
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We run an accredited chronic disease self-management programme for anyone aged 18 or over who has any long-term physical or low-level mental health condition(s) and would like to find new ways to manage them to lead to an improved quality of life.  It is self-referral and free to you, as it is funded by the NHS. 

We have 11 years of experience running accredited chronic disease self-management courses for people living with long-term health conditions. We help people take more control over their health by understanding and managing their symptoms effectively, leading to an improved quality of life. Coming on our course has empowered many course participants to become more confident and less anxious, visit their GP's less, take less time off work, have less pain, and need to take fewer medicines.

What are the benefits?

People who have been on our self-management course have reported an increase in:

  • Self confidence
  • Control of their symptoms and condition
  • Feeling of well-being
  • Ability to cope better with their health and their lives
  • Their belief that they CAN DO something to change their health behaviour
  • Exercise and relaxation
  • Quality of consultations with Doctors

They also reported a decrease in:

  • Pain and fatigue
  • Anxiety, depression and breathlessness
  • Visits to GP's
  • Outpatient visits
  • A&E admissions
  • Hospital admissions

What does it involve?

Groups of 8-14 participants living with a mix of different conditions meet over six weekly sessions of two and a half hours at 156 Mannamead Road, Plymouth, PL3 5QL, and are led through a structured course by trained tutors who are also living with long-term conditions.

In addition to the course activities, participants benefit from meeting other people experiencing similar problems, sharing ideas and information, and also building strong support networks that often last beyond the six-week course.

How to make a referral

Complete our simple referral form, and we'll get in touch. Once we know what help, information, and advice you need, we will connect you with the right people who can support you. 

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  • Contracted and Approved Supplier
Price: Free to you as it is funded by the NHS.
Based: Plymouth

Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm

You do not need a referral to use this service.
  • 17 to 25 years old
  • 26 to 64 years old
  • 65+
  • Learning disabilities
  • Mental health
  • Physical disabilities

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