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Upcoming local self-management courses

Angus Arthritis Forum - for adults affected by any type of Arthritis.  A relevant talk by a health care or other professional and a chance to ask questions and socialise with others over a cuppie.  No need to book, no charge, and patients can bring a friend or family member for support.  This forum rotates around Angus localities, with 4 meetings in 2018.
The next Angus Arthritis Forum will take place on Wednesday 7th March from 6.30-8-30pm, at Angus Carers Centre, Arbroath, when the discussion topic will be 'Physical Therapies for Arthritis', led by a physiotherapist and an occupational therapist with the opportunity to ask questions afterwards.
Angus Diabetes Forum - for adults affected by Type 2 diabetes.  A relevant talk by a health care or other professional and a chance to ask questions and socialise with others over a cuppie.  No need to book, no charge, and patients can bring a friend or family member for support.  Patients may attend any forum that suits them, not just the one in their own locality. 
‚ÄčThe next Angus Diabetes Forum will take place on Wednesday 14th February from 10:00-12 midday in the Lintrathen Room, WHCCC, Forfar, when a dietitian will be talking to group about managing your diet with type 2 diabetes.
The forum after that is on Thursday 19th April from 15:00-17:00 in the Health Education Room, Springfield Medical Centre, Arbroath - the topic is not yet confirmed.
Chronic Pain Self Management Course - for adults living with persistent pain.  These courses are run by Pain Association Scotland over a 5 week period, and places must be booked in advance.  Each session lasts 2.5 hours over an afternoon, and patients will get most benefit from attending the full course.

Pain Association Scotland Course April 2018 - Remaining Places Available

The 5 week self management course, delivered by Pain Association Scotland, for people living with chronic pain is due to return to Montrose in April (starting on 9th April). We are looking for suitable patients.


Suitable patients are people over 18 with chronic pain, who are able to participate in groups, and who are motivated to manage their pain better.


We are delighted to get both folks at an early stage of their chronic pain journey as well as folks who may have lived with their pain for many years, but not previously accessed this self management support programme.


Motivation to manage their pain better is probably the most important factor in determining successful engagement in this programme.


Participants are supported to learn techniques to support them to live well with their chronic pain. All patients participating in the programme have a comprehensive assessment pre and post course completion, with statistically significant improvements noted in reduction in anxiety and depression and statistically significant increases in pain self efficacy and mood.


Please call us on the 01307 474889 or email


You will then be sent a letter from Pain Association Scotland confirming your place, with all the venue/date details and also information about the course.


If you feel you would benefit from attendance, and would like to go, but cannot get there by your own means, let us know as we may be able to source NHS volunteer drivers to assist.

Other options for Chronic Pain - for patients who are unable to attend the 5 week pain course, there is the option of an online programme called Pathway Through Pain, which guides patients through a set of pain management techniques that help reduce the impact of pain on daily life.  Patients can follow this course at their own pace in their own time. You can refer a patient for this course by providing their name and a contact telephone number to
Fatigue Self Management Course - for adults living with persistent fatigue.  Courses, which are delivered by a multi-disciplinary team over a 4 week period, run throughout the year, rotating localities in Angus.  The next course will start at the Forfar Campus on the afternoon of Tuesday 6th February, and the course after that will start on the afternoon of Wednesday 9th May in Brechin.  Places must be booked in advance on these courses, and this can be done via
If you would like further information about any of these self management options, please contact the Primary Care Team on 01307 474889 or
If patients would like to receive direct email updates from us regarding forum topics and dates, they can also contact us at this email address.

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