Publication of “Patient Education / Self Management Programmes for People with Long Term Conditions 2017/18”

Date published: 15 November 2018

The Department of Health has today published “Patient Education / Self Management Programmes for People with Long Term Conditions 2017/18”.

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

Key Facts and Figures:

  • There were 38 patient education / self management programmes provided a total of 1,456 times with 13,037 participants in 2017/18*.
  • Programme frequency has increased by 13% when compared to 2016/17 (1,291). Participant numbers have increased by 1% (127) in 2017/18 when compared to 2016/17* (12,910).
  • Approximately 1 in 4 participants attended a diabetes type 2 specific programme with 15% and 14% of participants attending a programme for COPD and cardiac conditions respectively.
  • Of the 13,037* participants, 72% were attending a patient education / self management programme delivered by the five HSC Trusts.
  • 10,951* participants (84%) attended a programme that was statutory funded.

* The Belfast HSC Trust did not provide figures for 2017/18 therefore their data has been imputed based on 2016/17. Further information can be found in the Data Presentation section of Appendix B in the publication. 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.


Notes to editors: 

  1. This information was collated by Community Information Branch within the DoH.
  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 2017 to 31 March 2018.
  3. This publication is available online at:
  4. Further information is available from:

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

    Tel:     (028) 90 528134


    Internet: Department of Health
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