Supporting patients to help themselves

Supported self-management was the focus of the third LCA Survivorship Group forum on 18 June 2013. Professor Jane Maher, chief medical officer for Macmillan and consultant clinical oncologist at Mt Vernon Cancer Centre and Hillingdon Hospital, spoke on the national programme for supported self-management. Jill Hemington, a service user, discussed her experiences of attending a HOPE (Helping Overcome Problems Effectively) course. These are group-based self-management support courses which aim to help people become more knowledgeable, skilled and confident in managing the consequences of living and being affected by a long term condition.

Other speakers included Petra Griffiths and Dr Sud Ubayasiri from the Paul's Cancer Support Centre, who discussed mindfulness in cancer; and Isla Veal, physiotherapist, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, reporting on a physical activity stratification project.

As well as the presentations, there was a marketplace of services showcasing their initiatives, which used variety of display methods from posters to handouts and leaflets. Projects and service improvement initiatives on a wide range of topics, including diet and physical activity programmes, breathlessness management, return to work and patient information booklet development, were showcased. A round table discussion to allow attendees to focus on their plans to implement the ideas generated closed the event.

A copy of the presentations is available here.

The next LCA Survivorship Forum will be on Wednesday 22nd January 2014 at the TUC Congress Centre, and will focus on the consequences of cancer and its treatments.


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