Resources for healthcare professionals

These resources will help you as a healthcare professional to support self-management.

You can also find resources:

There are separate resources for people living with a long-term health condition.

Living Well programme

Living Well is a free 6-week group self-management programme for adults with long-term health conditions.

It helps people to:

  • gain confidence
  • learn skills to live well with their condition

Living Well is the brand name for the HSE 'Chronic Disease Self-Management programme (CDSMP)' in Ireland. This is based on the Stanford model.

Workshops are delivered by 2 trained leaders. One or both leaders will have firsthand experience living with a long-term health condition.

Living Well helps people develop the skills and confidence to manage their health condition better. It does not give clinical advice or information.

Living Well programme

Chronic Disease Management (CDM) in General Practice

This online course is for all staff involved in delivering and supporting CDM through general practice.

To complete the eLearning module go to HSeLanD and search for ‘Chronic Disease Management in General Practice’.

The National Healthcare Communication programme

The National Healthcare Communication Programme supports healthcare staff to learn, develop and maintain their communication skills.

You will find helpful resources, which help to support self-management.

Find out more about The National Healthcare Communication Programme.

HSeLanD Enhanced Community Care Hub

This hub contains information about

  • the community healthcare networks,
  • Integrated Care Programme for Chronic Disease
  • Integrated Care Programme for Older People
  • GP Diagnostics

This hub is available on HSeLanD.

Know Check Ask campaign

Healthcare professionals play an important role in making sure medicines are safe and taken correctly. The aim of this campaign is to encourage those taking medication and their caregivers to take an active role in managing their medication.

About the Know Check Ask campaign

Exercise videos

HSE physiotherapy exercise videos are suitable for people living with a long-term or chronic conditions.

The videos:

  • are for people who can exercise safely at home
  • include a variety of 10-minute warm up, chair and gentle exercise videos
  • longer full aerobic and resistance exercise videos

Being active with a health condition exercise videos

Making Every Contact Count programme

Making Every Contact Count (MECC) is a behaviour change programme. During routine consultations, health professionals ask patients or service users about lifestyle behaviours. related to chronic conditions.

The aim is to address factors that can lead to chronic conditions. It is also to support patients in making lasting positive changes in their behaviour.

MECC gives healthcare professionals the knowledge and skills to do a brief intervention with patients.

The training course consists of 8 x 30-minute online modules. There are 8 modules in the course. Each lasts 30 minutes and is available on HSeLanD.

These modules are:

  • introduction to behaviour change
  • tobacco free
  • alcohol and drug use
  • get Ireland active
  • healthy food for life
  • talking about overweight and obesity
  • promoting mental health and wellbeing
  • skills into practice

When you have completed the course you can do the 'Enhancing your Brief Intervention Skills workshop' in person or online.

About the MECC programme

Framework for self-management support

The 'Living Well with a Chronic Condition: Framework for Self-management Support' is a framework and implementation plan for self-management support for chronic conditions. It shows how the HSE intends to implement self-management support for 4 conditions.

These are:

  • COPD
  • asthma
  • diabetes
  • cardiovascular disease

The framework includes:

  • information on why self-management support is important
  • recommendations for different health conditions
  • details on the implementation plan

Living well with a chronic condition framework document -

National framework

There is a national framework for the integrated prevention and management of chronic disease in Ireland.

The national framework outlines:

  • the services in integrated care
  • chronic health conditions in Ireland
  • the model of care

National Framework for the Integrated Prevention and Management of Chronic Disease in Ireland 2020 to 2025 (PDF, 3.6 MB, 38 pages)

Health Technology Assessment (HTA) report

The Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) carried out a report for the HSE to help with developing a self-management support framework.

Health technology assessment of chronic disease self-management -