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Licensing and Manuals

Obtaining a Licence

At the end of 2017 the Self-Management Resource Centre (SMRC) informed NHS England that there is at present no umbrella licence with the NHS or Department of Health for use of the current versions of SMRC Self-Management Programmes.

This means that all organisations delivering, or intending to deliver SMRC (previously Stanford University) programmes must now purchase a licence.

SMRC has formed a partnership with Talking Health Taking Action to handle all licensing of SMRC programs in the United Kingdom.

Professor Kate Lorig, Director, SMRC

“I have worked closely with the directors of Talking Health for over 20 years and I am very pleased that they are now SMRC’s trusted agent in the UK. As such they have exclusive rights to issue licences, monitor adherence to the licence requirements and deliver training to organisations delivering across the UK, including the Isle of Man.”

- Professor Kate Lorig, Director, SMRC

New licensing arrangements

As of 1 May 2017, all rights for Stanford University Self-Management Programs were passed to the Self-Management Resource Center (SMRC).

In an effort to ensure that programmes remain accessible, SMRC have changed their licensing structure and fees as of 1 January 2018.

There are now two different types of licence; one for not-for-profit and public agencies and the other for private and public companies. Both licences are valid for 3-years from their date of issue and both licences permit the use of all SMRC programmes for which your organisation has trained deliverers.

Licences available to not-for-profit and public agencies

Not for profit and public agencies can apply for a single agency licence or an umbrella licence.

A Single Agency Licence allows only the named agency to operate under the licence, you can deliver courses and training at various sites. However, your organisation must:

  • Be responsible for the training
  • Supervise all community courses
  • Supervise all Tutors and Lead (Master) Trainers
  • Be the only organisation that can operate under this licence

Click here to download an application form for a single agency licence.

An Umbrella Licence allows you to include multiple agencies and be legally responsible for use, fidelity, compliance, reporting and liability for use of the content under terms of your licence.

All covered agencies must be named on the licence; any agencies added or deleted after the issue of the licence must be reported to Talking Health Taking Action.

Click here to download an application form for an umbrella licence.

Licences available for ‘hybrid’, private and public companies

Please contact if you would like to discuss a new licence, or make changes to your existing licence.


Once you have a licence you can purchase a PDF of the manual for the programme you wish to deliver.

The cost for one PDF is £95.

For your copy click on the relevant Manual (below) to download a purchase order form.


UK Tutor Manuals

UK X-Training Manuals



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