Do you have a long-term health condition?

Do you have type 2 diabetes?

Are you a carer?

What are Self Management Programmes?

Self management programmes (SMPs) are available for adults living with a long-term health condition, or for those in a caring role. SMPs aim to improve your quality of life by giving you confidence, skills and information to help manage your long-term condition or caring role better on a daily basis.

The programmes are FREE and run for 2.5 hours, once a week for six weeks.

Programmes run all year round at different venues throughout the Dudley borough. Each course takes place once a week, for 6 weeks and is tutored by trained volunteers who themselves are living with a long term health condition. Morning, afternoon and evening courses are available.

Topics include:

  • Getting a good nights sleep
  • Coping with difficult emotions/depression
  • Relaxation techniques and exercise
  • Healthy eating
  • Communicating with friends and family and health professionals
  • Dealing with pain and extreme tiredness

 By taking part in a programme you will:

  • Learn new skills to manage your health condition
  • Develop confidence in the daily management of your specific condition
  • Meet others and share similar experiences
  • Learn how to develop more effective relationships with healthcare professionals

For people living with a long-term health condition we offer the 'Expert Patients Programme' and 'Diabetes Self Management Programme'. For people who have a caring role we offer 'Looking After Me'.

Did you know?

Our courses are available in community languages. Click on the links below for the leaflet in:







Some inspiration...

Watch the video to find out how the Expert Patients Programme has helped others!




How have self management programmes helped other people?

People who have taken part in a Self Management Programme have said that it has helped them to:

  • Feel more confident and more in control of their life
  • Manage their condition and treatment, alongside healthcare professionals
  • Be realistic about the impact of their condition on themselves and their family
  • Achieve their own personal goals and cope better with problems as they arise
  • Use their new skills and knowledge to improve their quality of life
Meet Michelle, a member of the team helping others to challenge the barriers that stop them from feeling in control

Attending EPP empowered me to take control of my anxiety. Facing obstacles and doing something about them made me realise that the things I once feared never had half the strength I thought they possessed

Michelle O'Meara

SMP Team


What Self Management Programmes are available to me?

It is important to us as that everyone who wants to attend our programmes feels welcome and able to do so. We deliver courses all over the Dudley borough, at different times/ days.

We also deliver courses in community languages such as Punjabi and Urdu.

Select a programme from the list on the left and follow the link for further information and forthcoming course dates.


Do you have a long-term health condition?

Pain Tiredness Frustrated thrive Fed up Breathing problems Worried Mobility problems Coping Learn Healthy eating Medication Skill Symptoms Stress

Some of the topics covered:

  • Dealing with pain and extreme tiredness
  • Dealing with difficult emotions
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Healthy eating and physical activity
  • Communication with family, friends and healthcare professionals
  • Planning for the future.

Attending this course is a great way to meet others in a similar situation. Exchanging tips on ways to cope is also a great way to make new friends.

Do you have type 2 diabetes?

Blood glucose Balance Type 2 Monitoring Healthy eating Hypoglycaemia Worried Mobility problems Complications Worried Frustrated Medication Foot care HbA1c Coping Food choices

Some of the topics covered:

  • Techniques to deal with the symptoms of diabetes
  • Fatigue and pain management
  • Managing blood glucose
  • Dealing with stress and emotional problems
  • Exercise for maintaining and improving strength and endurance
  • Healthy eating
  • Medication
  • Working more effectively with healthcare providers

Are you a carer?

Support Tired Stress Carer Management Frustrated Help Guilt Emotional Coping Time for me Advice Answers Relaxation Communication

Some of the topics covered:

  • Techniques to deal with tiredness and fatigue
  • Relaxation and breathing techniques
  • Making future plans
  • Dealing with stress and emotional problems
  • Healthy lifestyle tips
  • Working more effectively with health and social care professionals

How do I get a place?

To book your place on any programme you can contact the SMP team on

01384 816437

Alternatively complete our online form below.


Are you over 18? & Do you live in the Dudley borough / have a Dudley GP?

Alternatively please email us at



All of our programmes are delivered by a wonderful team of volunteers. They are local people who have personal experience of living with a long-term condition or caring situation. To find out more about volunteering please click the button on the right.