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Towards the end of last year, I received an email inviting me to take part in a free ‘self-management’ course called HealthMakers. HealthMakers is a service provided by the NHS which helps attendees better manage their long term health conditions and significantly improve their quality of life through a six-week self-management course. These courses are provided as a follow up to a local Mental Health service (Talking Therapies) and they focus on medical, emotional and social wellbeing.
The sessions are run by a Clinical Facilitator and a trained HealthMaker Facilitator, who themselves have a long-term health condition. In addition to offering free support, guidance and information the service offers the opportunity for attendees to:
• Learn techniques and strategies to help them self-manage effectively
• Work and learn with others to improve overall quality of life
• Discuss with others in similar situations and learn from each other
• Benefit from on-going peer support
What is a self-management course?
The HealthMakers self management course teaches attendees how to manage their long term health conditions: Over the course of 6 weeks attendees will attend interactive workshops (usually in small groups) and cover a range of topics, which include:
• Addressing the benefits of good self-management and how it can improve quality of life
• Anxiety management
• Goal Setting
• Living with a long term condition
• Developing a good and effective relationship with health care professionals
Who can access the course?
This course is available to anybody who is living with a long-term health condition in East Berkshire (Ascot, Bracknell, Maidenhead, Sandhurt, Slough and Windsor).
What are the benefits?
Attendees of the course will…
• Gain knowledge, skills and attitudes to assist with good health and wellbeing
• Develop listening skills and an ability to learn from others
• Create and participate in strong local networks and groups regarding their condition
• Reduce the need for medication and hospital admissions
• Feel inspired and inspire others
Over the past year or so I’ve noticed a rise in people opting to increase their daily wellbeing via self-care and self-management methods. I attended my first HealthMakers course today and will be documenting my experience over the 6weeks. I’m hoping that following this, even those who are unable to access the service will be able to benefit from my experiences and the knowledge and insight which I gain during my attendance.
I hope that you find this series beneficial and if you have any questions, please ask.
Thanks for reading,