Week marks management of conditions

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PEOPLE in the local area will be marking national Self Management Week which begins on Monday.

The week, run by the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland, is in its second year and runs until Friday, October 5.

The aim of the week is to raise awareness of the importance of self management and highlight the support available to people living with long term conditions.

Over 44,000 people in Angus are living with at least one long term condition which includes asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cardiac disease, dementia, stroke, epilepsy, chronic pain, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease.

Angus Community Health Partnership (CHP) has been working over the past few years to develop a range of self management courses and programmes to help support people living with a long term condition.

Rhona Guild, long term conditions leader in Angus CHP, said: “Within Angus a range of disease specific developments have been progressed over recent years which are aimed at ensuring people with long term conditions are identified at an early stage.

“People are then supported with additional information and education which is tailored to their specific condition, including ongoing self management support.

“To achieve this Angus CHP has worked closely with the large number of patient support groups across Angus and the wider public who are affected by long term conditions.

“Members of the public highlighted to us that while they do indeed need the disease specific information to manage their condition they also benefit from meeting with others ‘in the same boat’.”

There are a number of self management courses available in Angus and information can be found at http://www.nhstayside.scot.nhs.uk/chp/anguschp/services­_selfmanage.shtml