Publication of Patient Education / Self Management Programmes for People with Long Term Conditions 2016/17

Date published: 02 November 2017

The Department of Health has today published Patient Education / Self Management Programmes for People with Long Term Conditions 2016/17.


This publication of annual figures relates to Patient Education / Self Management Programmes in Northern Ireland.

Key facts and figures:

  • There were 41 patient education / self management programmes provided a total of 1,291¹ times with 12,910²,³ participants in 2016/17.
  •  Programme frequency has increased by 42% when compared to 2015/16 (908). Participant numbers have decreased by 15% (2,282) in 2016/17²,³ when compared to 2015/16 (15,192).
  •  Approximately 1 in 4 participants attended a diabetes type 2 specific programme with 17% and 15% of participants attending a programme for COPD and cardiac conditions respectively.
  •  Of the 12,910²,³ participants, 77% were attending a patient education / self management programme delivered by the five HSC Trusts.
  •  9,642 participants (75%) attended a programme that was statutory funded.

Notes to editors: 

1. This information was collated by Community Information Branch within the Department of Health.

2. Statistics detailed within the bulletin present information on patient education / self management programmes for long term conditions collected from Health & Social Care (HSC) Trusts and independent sector programme providers. It details information on the type, provision, frequency and Trust area of the programmes delivered during the year 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017.

3. This publication is available online.

4. Further information is available from:

Community Information Branch
Department of Health
Room 11
Annexe 2
Castle Buildings
Belfast BT4 3SP

Tel: 028 9052 8134

5. For media enquiries please contact the DoH Press Office 028 9052 0575 or email. Out of hours please contact the Duty Press Officer via pager number 07623 974383 and your call will be returned. Follow us on twitter @healthdpt

6. Footnotes:

¹The Belfast HSC Trust were unable to provide programme frequency figures for their CHOICE and PUMPS programmes therefore an estimated figure has been used.

² Alzheimer’s Society did not provide information for programmes that ran in the Belfast, Northern and South Eastern HSC Trusts during 2016/17. Programmes in these areas accounted for approximately 1,300 participants in 2015/16.

³ The Belfast HSC Trust did not provide information for cardiac rehabilitation programmes during 2016/17. During 2015/16 this programme accounted for approximately 570 participants.

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