Self-care


We commission a wide range of programmes and initiatives that support you to have the right knowledge and develop the skills that you need to look after yourself. Whether you are seeking support to manage specific health conditions or are looking for more holistic community support, Islington has a wide range of support groups that you can join. Please see the range of groups below and how you can access them.

Help to find the right support for you:

Islington Navigation service

Age UK Islington supports adults of all ages experiencing a health or wellbeing challenge.

The support provided covers a broad range of issues from transport and money, to keeping safe at home and support with a caring role - it focuses on what matters to the individual. Support can be provided in a number of ways and it will be tailored to your needs. Age UK Islington will work closely with you to understand what type of support you would like.

From pressing issues to long-term goals, this may involve more urgent practical support such as arranging repairs or bills alongside longer-term goals such as getting out and meeting people, volunteering, or employment. Whatever support Age UK's clients receive, it is about building confidence and resilience and getting ready for ‘next time’.

Social prescribing

Age UK is well positioned to bridge the gap between health and statutory services to the wide range of things that can make a client's life better - from debt advice to dance classes. Support can include exploring options, organising transport and helping people settle in. 

Long-term prevention

Age UK keeps in touch with their clients by following up with systematic preventative support over the long term; making regular proactive phone contact with clients and providing early intervention – over months, years, decades.

Any health or social care professional can refer you to the navigator service, including social workers, GPs, health care assistants, practice nurses, occupational therapists, or you can refer yourself by contacting Age UK Islington on:

Call: 0207 281 6018

Email: gethelp@ageukislington.org.uk (no form required)

Help On Your Doorstep service

Help on Your Doorstep works with GP practices in Islington to help patients access a wide range of non-medical, social welfare support. They have links to over 100 community-based services that can help people with social issues, employment support, welfare rights and debt advice amongst many other services.

To access the service, you can:

Call: 020 3931 6080

Email: connect@helponyourdoorstep.com

Visit a Help on Your Doorstep Office. Details are available here

Mental Health

Islington Choice and Control peer coaching service

The Islington Choice and Control peer coaching service gives you more say over your care and support. The service aims to help people with a variety of needs by providing one-to-one coaching with a peer coach that shares a real understanding of living with mental and physical health conditions.

Through the service, you will be offered up to ten hourly coaching sessions, which will help you focus on what is important to you and how you want to improve your health and wellbeing.

If you have a mental health need and a physical long-term condition that also impacts on your day-to-day living, your health or care professional can refer you to the service. Alternatively, you can contact the service to learn more on:

Email: cim-tr.candipeercoaching@nhs.net

Phone: 07970 198 572

A service information leaflet is available here.

Long-term conditions

The Expert Patients Programme

The Expert Patients Programme (EPP) is for any adult living in Islington who has one or more long-term health condition such as asthma, arthritis, multiple sclerosis (MS), depression, diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), heart disease, sickle cell, HIV, ME/chronic fatigue, chronic pain or any other condition. The course is also available for carers.

The course is designed to help you cope with your health condition and improve your quality of life. It is a free six-week course that can help you take more control of your health by learning new skills to manage your condition on a daily basis. Each weekly session lasts two and a half hours.

You can self-refer by contacting a member of the team on:

Email: whh-tr.Self-Management@nhs.net

Tel: 020 7527 1189

Find our more here.

Diabetes

Diabetes Self-Management Programme 

Islington has a wide and varied diabetes self-management offer. The Diabetes Self-management Programme for Patients (DSMP) aims to help people strengthen their health-related behaviours by developing health literacy, building appreciation of peer support, developing collaborative decision-making skills and growing their knowledge and skills around self-management techniques. The course is free and runs over seven weekly session. Each session is three hours long.

All diabetes healthcare professionals, including your GP, can refer you onto the course.

It is recommended that all patients with diabetes should attend an education course. Click here to find out more about the programme. You can also make a self–referral on:

Email: whh-tr.Self-Management@nhs.net

DESMOND

The Diabetes Education and Self-Management for Ongoing and Diagnosed (DESMOND) is a one-day programme for patients with type 2 diabetes. The programme teaches patients about diabetes and provides lifestyle advice so that they are better able to self-manage their condition. The service is open to all patients with type 2 diabetes.

Referrals can be made through your GP or practice nurse.

HeLP – Diabetes

This is an online tool for adults with type 2 diabetes to learn knowledge and skills to manage their condition. The programme takes a holistic view of self-management and addresses a wide range of patient needs including medical, emotional and role management.

Patients can be referred by their health care professional (either a GP, nurse or physiotherapist) or self-refer via the website.

When you register, you get access to the HeLP-Diabetes website plus a four-week online course called ‘starting out’ for those newly diagnosed with diabetes.

Healthier You - Diabetes

Healthier You is a national diabetes prevention programme for patients who have been identified as being at high risk of developing diabetes. The programme covers 13 sessions over a nine month period. Once you have been referred to the programme, a health coach carries out an initial one-to-one assessment to gain a good understanding of your health and wellbeing. Together, you come up with a personalised action plan supporting you to prevent the onset of diabetes.

The service offers a mix of one-to-one and group sessions in venues all around Islington. Patients are referred by their health care professional (mainly GPs).

For more information, please click here.

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Pulmonary rehabilitation

A structured programme for patients with MRC ≥3 (i.e. a measure of shortness of breath, in this case those experiencing shortness of breath when walking or changing clothes. The programme takes the form of a low impact exercise session, followed by an education session. It aims to improve patients’ exercise tolerance and provide the skills, knowledge and self-confidence to self-manage. The community respiratory team, led by the respiratory physiotherapist, delivers this programme.

Patients can be referred by their GP.

Long-term exercise programme

An ongoing exercise programme provided at three venues across Islington by the community respiratory physiotherapist for patients who have completed Pulmonary Rehab. Your GP can refer you on to this programme. 

Cardiovascular

Phase 4 cardiac rehabilitation

Phase 4 cardiac rehabilitation is a group exercise programme for patients who are recovering from cardiac illness and surgery. The programme offers up to ten sessions of exercise and education at community venues across the borough, with follow-up support offered three months after completing the course. The overall aim of the service is to provide all patients who fulfil the referral criteria with a patient-centred service, improving their health and wellbeing, enhancing their quality of life and minimising the risk of recurrent cardiac events.

Referral is directly from secondary care following phase 3 cardiac rehabilitation (undertaken in hospital setting).