Patient forums and support services are an opporunity for you to access support, information about self-management, and meet with and speak to like minded people in the area. The list of patient groups below is not exhaustive, but we hope it will provide a starting point to some of the local organisations who provide meetings or forums for discussion, information sharing and befriending.
Angus Adult Bereaved by Suicide Service
The Angus Adult Bereaved by Suicide Service is available to any adult living in Angus who has been impacted through by being bereaved by suicide and is provided by Insight Counselling.
The service offers adult one-to-one or adult family support to adults who have been impacted by being bereaved by suicide. It recognises that everyone's experience is unique and needs vary from person to person and as such offers support, counselling and signposting based on individual need.
Anyone living in Angus can make a referral by contacting: Insight Counselling, Number Ten, 10 Constitution Road, Dundee, DD1 1LL. Telephone 01382 305706 or email email@example.com. Website: www.insightcanhelp.co.uk. This is a Monday to Friday service.
Angus Arthritis Forum
The Angus Arthritis Forum is for adults affected by any type of arthritis. Events feature 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.
Angus Carers provide information and support to enable carers to feel valued and confident in their caring situation. Regular events run in the local area. For details, please see the Angus Carers website.
If you are a carer, please let the practice know.
Other help for Carers
If you look after someone, need care yourself or are planning for your future care needs, you can get the information and advice you need from Care Information Scotland. If you prefer, you can phone 0800 011 3200 or use the chat feature on their website. The social care and support guide from nhs.uk has comprehensive information about help and support.
Angus Diabetes Forum
Angus Diabetes Forum is 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.
Angus Suicide Prevention and Support Service
The Angus Suicide Prevention and Support Service is provided by Penumbra and is available to all adults living in Angus who experience thoughts of suicide or who may have attempted suicide. Support is also available for family members, carers or friends of adults experiencing suicidal thoughts. The service is designed to offer assessment of individual need, provide support and interventions that promote safety, wellbeing and recovery. Information, guidance and signposting regarding suicide prevention will also be provided.
Chronic Pain Self Management
Chronic Pain Self Management Courses, for adults living with persistent pain, 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. Patients are referred for this course - please talk to your doctor and ask them to contact Pain Association Scotland with your name, address and phone number. Pain Association Scotland will be in touch with full joining instructions. Courses run throughout the year, rotating localities in Angus. Find our more about Tayside Group Meetings on the Pain Association Scotland website.
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 on these Tayside Group Meetings on the Pain Association Scotland website, or by phoning 0800 783 6059.
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. Patients are referred for this course by providing their name and a contact telephone number to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fatigue Self Management Course
Fatigue Self Management Courses are for adults living with persistent fatigue. Courses, which are delivered by a multi-disciplinary team over a 4 week period, run throughout the year, rotating localities in Angus. Places must be booked in advance on these courses, and this is done by referral. Ask your doctor to provide your name and email address or contact phone number to email@example.com.
Online Self Management course for any Long Term Condition
This online course supports adults to develop the tools, techniques and confidence to better manage their condition on a daily basis. A 6 week internet based course run by Self Management UK, with participants logging on at times to suit them, for a total of 2 hours per week. Patients are referred for this course - ask your doctor to send your name and a contact telephone number to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note this is not a definitive list, and some courses require referral by your doctor
Angus Arthritis Forum: 20 March 2019, 18:30-20:30, Angus Carers Centre, Arbroath. The topic will be 'Medicines Commonly Used in Arthritis', led by a rheumatology specialist pharmacist. There is the opportunity to ask questions afterwards over a cuppie, as well as a taster relaxation session.
Angus Diabetes Forum: 12 June 2019, 18:30-20:30, Links Health Centre, Montrose.
Chronic Pain Self Management Course: 15 July 2019, Arbroath [referral required].
Fatigue Self Management Course: 8 May 2019, Brechin [referral required].
Pain Management Association Sessions: Mondays, 14:00-16:00. On 20 May 2019 - Flare Ups & Stress; 17 June 2019 - Keeping Active; 19 August 2019 - Pain & Our Social Network (all Whitehills Health & Community Care Centre, Forfar)
If you would like further information about any of these self management options, please contact the Primary Care Development Team on 01307 474889 or email email@example.com.
If patients would like to receive direct email updates regarding forum topics and dates, please email and request to join the mailing list.