Managing the Challenge Programme

The Western Trust in partnership with Action Mental Health will be providing a ‘Train the Trainer’ Course for the Stanford Self Management Programme (Managing the Challenge) at the Silverbirch Hotel, Omagh.
The course will take place over 4 full days on Monday 20th, Tuesday 21st , Thursday 23rd  and Friday 24th June 2016.
There is no charge for attending this training course.

The Western Trust is the first health trust in Northern Ireland to buy the Stanford License for the Chronic Disease Self Management Program and to develop an innovative self management training program to help people living with long term chronic illness and manage pain associated with their condition better.

Self Management is about empowering people living with chronic pain and long term illness to take control of their lives and reach their full potential in spite of their condition.

The “Managing the Challenge” of living with a long term condition course will teach people skills to manage all aspects of life with a long term condition including:

  • Pain Management 
  • Relaxation 
  • Exercise 
  • Diet 
  • Relationships with Health Professionals 
  • Building confidence 

It will enable people to deal with pain, fatigue, anxiety and stress by teaching helpful techniques such as: Exercise, relaxation, action planning, problem solving, better breathing techniques and by sharing experiences with others.

The program ‘Managing the Challenge’ is free for anyone over 18 years that has a long term health problem. The course is delivered to a group of 12-18 people over 6 weeks. It is delivered by 2 trainers that have conditions themselves or work with and or care for people with long term conditions and that have received training to deliver the course.


The “Managing the Challenge” programme was a finalist in the Patient and Client Council’s Making A Difference 2012 awards.

The awards were to recognise the value of involving patients, clients, carers and communities in improving health and social care services. The Judging panel of Dr May McCann, Michael O’Neill and Noel McKenna paid tribute to the quality of all five nominations for the award, describing them all as winners.

Speaking on behalf of the Panel Noel McKenna said at the centre of the “Managing the Challenge” project is a belief that we as individuals are experts on any illness or condition we have. The Project involves a six week course for service users delivered by people with health conditions. The panel were very impressed with its grassroots approach and how it really involves the people, achieving positive.

Related Information:

There are a limited number of spaces available. To book your place or for more information please contact Programme Co-ordinator Gemma Rankin on 07545 206 367.

You can also book online by clicking here.

The Managing the Challenge programme is delivered in the Western Trust area in partnership with Action Mental Health.