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Upcoming local self-management courses

For your information, and for cascading to team members where appropriate, here is a brief overview of available courses and forums facilitated by Angus Health & Social Care Partnership over the next few months to help patients to self manage their conditions.  Posters advertising these events are sent to all practices as well as to community pharmacies, libraries, sports centres and other public locations - if you would like additional posters to be sent to your department, please let us know.  They are also advertised in local press and on social media.  Any adults living in Angus or registered with an Angus GP are invited to participate.

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 per year.
The next Angus Arthritis Forum will take place on Wednesday 13th November 2019 from 6.30-8-30pm, at Whitehills Health & Community Care Centre, Forfar when the topic will be 'JOINT REPLACEMENT IN ARTHRITIS', with a consultant orthopaedic surgeon. 
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 9th October from 1500-1700 in the Health Ed Room, Springfield Medical Centre, Arbroath - when the topic will be 'LET'S TALK ABOUT HOW WE CAN SIT LESS AND MOVE MORE!, with a physiotherapist on hand to answer any questions, and Angus Alive to provide information on local activity options in Angus.
The forum after that is on Thursday 5th December from 1815-2015 at Links Health Centre, Montrose, when the topic will be 'KNOW YOUR NUMBERS', with a dietitian available to answer questions about blood glucose levels.
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 also run free monthly chronic pain self-management training sessions in Arbroath, Forfar and Dundee, for which no referral is required. 
Patients can attend at any point in the year, and the topics for each session are advertised in advance - further details can be found via their website or by phoning 0800 783 6059

The 5 week self management course, delivered by Pain Association Scotland, for people living with chronic pain is due to return to Monifieth in January 2020.


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.


I am 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.


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 email your name, address and phone number to


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.


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 them 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 are delivered by a multi-disciplinary team over a 4 week period, each session lasting 2 hours in an afternoon, with several courses per year, rotating localities in Angus.  The next course will start on 22nd October in Forfar and the one after will start on 27th May 2020 in Montrose Places must be booked in advance on these courses, and this can be done by providing the patient's name and email address / contact phone number to
If you would like further information about any of these self management options, please contact the Primary Care Development Team on 01307 492575 or

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