Self-Care and Self-Management
Self-Care is what we all do to maintain our wellbeing and prevent disease. Self-care includes a range of activities such as managing diet, cleaning teeth, exercising and taking part in social activity.
Self-management includes self-care plus the additional things needed to manage long term health condition(s), to minimise the impact on quality of life.
Successful self-management relies on collaborative partnerships between people with long term conditions their family and carers and healthcare professionals.
Self Management skills development for Healthcare Professionals
If you work with people with persistent (chronic) pain or other long term conditions (LTC) the following courses, resources and online learning are for you.
- Introduction to self management
- By leading researcher into CBT management of chronic illness
- Free to complete
- Learn key skills
- One or two day courses
- Bespoke courses also available
Helpful links and learning resources for Healthcare professionals working with people with persistent pain and other long term conditions.View
Useful pain management resources
Chronic, persistent and long-term pain are all terms used to describe pain that has continued for 3 months or more.
Use the links below to find resources we have put together for people, carers and commissioners dealing with persistent pain.
Dr Laura Hissey
Dr Patrick Hill
Founder - stepped down April 2018
What our participants say about ESC courses
All the course was excellent. The course is structured so that each section / acquisition of relevant knowledge for that section is followed by group work in order to apply that knowledge. This was very valuable!Participant Hampton April 2018
I found the best part(s) of the course was linking the Biopsychosocial model to self management, providing alternative framework and models to explain pain, and knowing about the HNA tool to identify prioritiesParticipant Hampton April 2018
I found the course incredibly useful and now have a framework to enable patients to think more about their activities, behaviours and understanding of their pain. I often come across patients with chronic pain on the acute wards where everything has been tried and failed, I now feel that I have something else to offer which will be more beneficial than more medications.Participant Hampton March 2017
Very good structure to the day and very high quality teaching and workshopParticipant Newcastle March 2018
Very good - captured a range of learning styles which was very beneficialParticipant Newcastle March 2018
Very good standard of teaching . Informative and fun.Participant Newcastle March 2017
I found this course extremely useful and applicable to my practice. The techniques and theory taught on the enabling self care course can be used with all patients I see in my MSK Physiotherapy practice and I have already started using some of the techniques. The course challenges current concepts of Physiotherapy/medical approaches in managing people with persistent pain. The Bio-psychosocial model was explained in a way making it simple to understand and was applied to a number of strategies that can be used to help facilitate those with persistant pain.Participant Birmingham September 2016
Really appreciated the time given over to this and the interactive nature of the course. Also the fact that discussion was welcomed and as much if not more learning for me came from the informal questions and answers from the trainers.Participant Birmingham January 2017
Excellent course, learned lots and revisited old skills I had forgotten aboutParticipant Limerick January 2017
the teaching was excellent, very informative and enthusiasticParticipant June 2016
Live Well with Pain – excellent website resource
Live Well with Pain This great new website for clinicans working with people with long term pain is now up and
January newsletter from Live Well with Pain out now!
A very useful newsletter containing some primary care experiences of pain management and practical ideas on supporting self management and
An Introduction to Living Well with Pain
Really pleased to be able to recommend this great little book from Dr Frances Cole for people with long term