Health & Wellbeing Service - Manchester

Self Care, supported self management and long term conditions


It is estimated that 15.4 million people are living with at least one long term condition and this number is rising. Many people have more than one long terms condition that has an impact upon their health, wellbeing and ability to manage daily life.  Long term conditions are health conditions that last a year or longer and cannot be cured but can be managed through self care, support and treatment.

Our Work


Developing individuals, team and organisations

Much of our work programme consists of training, organisational development and coaching for staff working with people living with long-term conditions.  This equips workers to develop skills and practices that encourage and support people with long term conditions to make everyday decisions that improve health-related behaviours and help them to live longer and better.  Our work focuses on 2 areas:  a portfolio of tools and techniques that help people choose health behaviours & transforming the client-worker relationship into a collaborative partnership.


Self-management is what people with long term conditions do to manage their own health on a daily basis.


Self-management support (or self care support) is what carers, friends, acquaintances, the third sector or public services do to support self-management. Everyone with a long term condition is self-managing to a degree, but many are not doing so optimally.


Self-care encompasses self management and has a broader scope. It describes every action all of us take to keep well, whether we have a long term condition or not.


Integrated Care

‘Living Longer Living Better’ is the citywide Integrated Care strategy in Manchester. The intention between now and 2020 is to transform Manchester’s community based care system.  It is hoped that this transformation will support people to live longer, healthier lives by ensuring services are easily accessible within communities, well-co-ordinated and centred on the individual and their specific health needs.

In this process, it is important that care and support is planned and delivered in partnership with the person in order to support their self management of their long term conditions. It has been recognised that this will involve a considerable shift in culture and practice for many care providers.

With this in mind, Public Health Manchester commissioned a programme of self care training for integrated care teams in the north of the city.  This was developed for pilot delivery in October 2013.  Since April 2014, this has been extended citywide and worked with more than 200 practitioners, either through training, action learning or 1:1 support.

We are part of the citywide Self Care Reference Group which has been tasked with taking forward the strategy for self care and supported self management for Integrated Care in Manchester.


For more information about Integrated Care, see the Kings Fund website


For more information about self care and supporting self management see The Health Foundation’s website:


Here is a link to find out more about what National Voices have to say about person centered and co-ordinated care which our training promotes

Training Programme 2014/15


We offer free enabling self care and personalised care planning courses to teams and organisations in Manchester who want to take action to support people to maximise their ability to manage their health and wellbeing.

Multi-agency training dates for 2015 are available through The Health & Wellbeing training service programme click here.

For more information about tailored courses and to discuss what might be useful for your team please contact Teresa Czajka

View our training flyers below:




Public Education


Reclaim Your Life from illness, disability, pain or fatigue. A 6 week life skills course for people in Manchester living with a long term health condition.

We are piloting the Reclaim Your Life course in Manchester. This is a 6 week course for Manchester residents living with a long term condition. The course is designed to enable individuals to make the most of their lives whilst living with a condition. By making changes to the way you think and act a new healthier relationship can be created between the illness and the person. Participants learn how to respond positively when feeling ground down and frustrated by the condition and how to tackle problems in their lives.

For more information on this course or to discuss delivery to an existing group please contact Teresa Czajka









There are number of resources that may be useful to you as a frontline worker and support you in your role in enabling someone to self care/self manage. These resources include:

News & Events - Self Care Week 2015


Self Care is every action we can take to look after our health. We are supporting Self Care Week by sharing some tools and information that could be useful to you as a frontline worker when having conversations with people about how they can make the most of their health and wellbeing. As a frontline worker we can respond to how someone is looking after themselves and enable and support them to make the best of their health and wellbeing. In this bulletin we are sharing some practical tools and information to support frontline workers, clinicians and volunteers when having conversations with people about making the most of their self care. Remember all the tools and signposting could be just as useful for worker self care too!



Use the 5 ways to mental wellbeing

Try these 5 steps in daily life to improve or maintain our mental health and wellbeing. By looking after ourselves in this way and giving the 5 ways a go we should be more able to deal with the stresses of life when they come our way. For more information on the 5 Ways and how we can support people to apply these to their own lives here


Manchester Community Health Trainers - Helping people to help themselves

Are you working with someone who wants to make lifestyle changes but is unsure about how to go about it and needs more help and support along the way?

Consider the Health Trainer Service. By offering practical 1-1 support and guidance Health Trainers can support individuals to make small changes that can make a big difference to their life. Find more information about the service click here


Support Someone to Quit Smoking

Do you have to ask someone about their smoking status? Not sure what to say or do next. Well look no further... here’s a tool that might help you structure your conversation if they are currently smoking and get the person to consider quitting. Find the resource click on the download below:


Drinking self-assessment: Make Every Contact Count

Did you know that 1 in 4 adults drink above the lower risk levels? This means that you will regularly come into contact with people who could benefit from cutting back on their drinking, whether you work in health and social care, criminal justice or voluntary sector services.

Use our ‘5 minute tool’ – Alcohol: time to check? - to support people take a quick self-assessment, find out if they’re drinking too much and how they can cut down. Find out more:


Get Support from People who know what it’s like to live with a Long Term Health Condition  

Living with a long term physical health condition can be tough. Many people find attending a support group beneficial. Meeting and sharing experiences and tips with other people facing similar challenges can provide support and insight into someone’s own condition, help the person feel more in control and less isolated. Signpost someone today. Find a list of local community based support groups here:


Support Self Management Through Group Education

There are a range of courses available in Manchester where people living with long term conditions or struggling to cope with the stresses of life can learn simple skills and techniques that subsequently enable people to take control of their condition and their life.  Encourage someone you support to enrol in a course - it could help someone live a healthier and happier life. Find a list of some of the courses on offer below:


Support Self Care Week by trying these resources and considering what other actions you can take in your every day work that enables self care and self  management.