Welcome to Talking Health Taking Action: Your One Stop Shop for Self-Management Support
Jane Cooper-Neville is one of the founding Directors of Talking Health. She was Director of Self-Management at the Long-term Medical Conditions Alliance (now National Voices) and was responsible for leading the introduction of the Chronic Disease Self-Management Course (CDSMC) to the UK voluntary sector. She led the development of Ss2Q, a cross sector quality assurance framework and self-assessment tool for lay led self-management, and the creation of the Quality Institute for Self Management Education and Training (QISMET). Jane has a first class degree in Health Social Sciences and an MSc in Medical Sociology. She has a Certificate in Transactional Analysis Counselling and an ICSA Certificate in Company Secretarial Practice.
Clare Evans was Self-Management Programme Manager and Self Care Lead in Dudley. She developed the programme from the NHS EPP pilot stages through to a provider, commissioning, local training and quality assurance service that was widely regarded as an example of good practice. She has progressed from being a participant on the course, to training as a Master Trainer at Stanford University and most recently she has attained T-Trainer status. Clare has a BA Honours in Media and Cultural Studies and a Post Graduate Diploma in Public Health. Self-Management has personally transformed parts of Clare's life and she is constantly inspired by seeing people empowered beyond the course content into roles that enrich their sense of value and their individual skills and knowledge.
Jean Thompson, MBE is one of the founding Directors of Talking Health. She is a SMRC (Stanford University) T-Trainer and Ss2Q Trainer of Lead Trainers and trains deliverers of SMRC programmes across the UK and Europe. She led the Challenging Arthritis programme and supported voluntary organisations through the Long Term Medical Conditions Alliance (now National Voices) develop lay-led generic programmes using the Chronic Disease Self-Management course (CDSMC). She was a member of the Chief Medical Officer's EPP Task Force and led the development and successful implementation of the NHS EPP. In 2005 her contribution to lay led self-management was recognised with the award of an MBE.
Amber Bates has worked in various administration roles for several years and has a Diploma in Business Administration as well as Certificates in Team Leading and Customer Service. With her previous experience, she was an Assessor for Business Administration qualifications for a year. She now works full time as an Administrator.
Julie Dawson was first introduced to self-management in 2008 when she took the post of Expert Patient Programme Coordinator. Knowing very little about the EPP and, "finding out the hard way" she developed the programme and now leads a team of Admin, Tutors, Assessors and Lead Trainers in the North. Julie has been involved in training, administration and management most of her working career. Julie regularly tutors, assesses locally and regionally and most recently co-hosted her first Tutor Training event.
Talking Health Taking Action was founded by Jane Cooper-Neville and Jean Thompson, MBE in 2011. The story didn't start there though ...
We help make the House of Care a reality by working with organisations to help them build capacity to support people develop self-management confidence, skills and knowledge.
After more than 30 years, the Stanford Patient Education Research Center is closing and moving off campus ....
The SMRC Coordinators' Network supports providers of SMRC programmes across the UK & beyond
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