Self-management is about finding ways, and learning techniques, which enable you to control your long-term health condition, rather than having it control you.
Long-term conditions can include diabetes, fibromyalgia, chronic pain, COPD, heart conditions, asthma, epilepsy, chronic fatigue syndrome, ME and arthritis.
Live Better to Feel Better!
Online virtual course
Live Better to Feel Better, Gloucestershire’s Self-Management Course, is now running virtually. You can access this course from the comfort of your own home if you have an internet connection and a device such as a laptop, PC, tablet or smartphone. If you would like to attend one of our virtual courses, you are able to register your interest below. Please contact us via email or telephone if you have any questions.
What is Live Better to Feel Better?
Live Better to Feel Better is a self-management course for people living with one or more Long Term Physical Health Condition(s). We know that life can sometimes be difficult and overwhelming for people living with Long Term Health Conditions. Our aim is to provide you with a range of self-management tools and techniques, as well as the confidence to use them in your day to day life. Self-Management is about finding ways and learning techniques which will support you to take control of your Long Term Health Condition, rather than have it control you.
This course is for:
- Anyone 18+ living with one or more Long Term Health Condition(s)
- Anyone 18+ living with Long Covid
- Must be registered with a Gloucestershire GP
- If you find living with your Long Term Health Condition overwhelming and find self-management challenging
- Must have access to an internet connection and access to a device such as a laptop, PC, tablet or smartphone
What can I expect if I attend a course?
Live Better to Feel Better online offers a 6 week blended learning virtual course. Our aim is to provide you with a range of self-management tools and techniques, as well as the confidence to use them in your day to day life.
Before attending the course you will be asked to attend an introductory welcome Zoom session. The introductory welcome Zoom session will provide the foundations for the whole course and it will also include the key information required to help you navigate your way through the self-directed online course content. This session will also be a chance for you to meet the facilitators and the other participants in your group and begin your journey with likeminded people.
In your own time and from the comfort of your own home, you will take part in self-directed learning online. Each week you will explore and complete two topics on our course website. The topics will include information to read, videos to watch and activities to take part in. At the end of each week you will join in on an interactive Zoom session with your allocated group, for discussion and reflection on the topics that have been introduced that week.
The Zoom sessions will be led by our trained facilitators who are all living with a range of Long Term Conditions themselves. They understand the impact that living with Long Term Health Conditions can have on someone’s life and understand the challenges people may face, as they all have lived experience. They will lead discussions about self-management techniques that might help, and support you to put a plan together to use these in your day to day life.
Techniques we can support you with include:
- Problem solving
- Decision making
- Managing low mood
- Breathing for relaxation
- Managing pain and fatigue
- Getting a good night’s sleep
- Communication hints and tips
- Working with Healthcare Professionals
- Being active
- Goal setting
- …and more.
How do I register my interest to attend a course?
If you would like to register your interest for Live Better to Feel Better online, please click the register button below and complete the online form. Once we have received your details, we will be in contact with you.
Once you are booked on to a course you will receive confirmation and course details. You will also receive a resource folder and a ‘how to guide’ with everything you will need to know about logging in to the online platform and using Zoom. We will be here to support you throughout the course to ensure you get the very best out of it for you.
What participants have said about attending this course
- “Very valuable course”.
- “Comfortable, open, relaxed, non-judgemental environment”.
- “Felt really good to be with like-minded people that understand you”.
- “Well done to the team, made us all feel comfortable and well run programme”.
- “Very, very many thanks for an inspiring course. The environment was a safe one where it enabled me to express my real feelings and admit to myself that I was not coping well. The course has given me a toolbox of ways to help myself but also see how everything is linked via The Symptom Cycle. The Team were fantastic and I cannot thank you all enough. It is quite a time since I had to finish my working life and I felt bereft. Now, I know that feeling was a normal feeling and not a negative reaction. I have thoroughly enjoyed the mental stimulation, the social interaction and such fun along the way! I cannot praise the course content and team enough”.
- Contact details will only be used by Gloucestershire Self-Management to inform us about the programme related activities.
- Your emergency contact details will only be used in the event of an emergency
- Your personal information will be stored safe and securely.
- Your personal information will only be retained by Gloucestershire Self-Management for two years after completion of a programme
- Anonymised forms of your information/feedback may be retained for statistical or research purposes.
- You may exercise any of your rights, as a data subject by contacting Gloucestershire Self-Management.
- Any new uses of your information will only happen with your express consent.
- If you have any concerns about the use of your information you can contact the Trust Data Protection Officer firstname.lastname@example.org or Information Commissioner’s Office https://ico.org.uk/
Your data will be shared with our commissioners, Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), for the purpose of programme evaluation.
Your data will be provided in a format that does not identify you to the commissioners, but will involve the application of a unique identifer. The CCG will utilise this information to evaluate the service, its outcomes and benefits to you and the wider NHS in Gloucestershire.
You have the right, at any time, to object to how we process your data. If you wish to exercise this right, you can do so at any time with the service involved in your care, or by emailing SubjectAccess@glos-care.nhs.uk and advising us on your objection.