Work is currently under way to create and test an education programme for people in Northamptonshire who have Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).
With the support of Northamptonshire Carers, which runs the lung health support groups Breathing Space, people with COPD are being asked to help shape the programme.
People with COPD have a range of lung conditions that cannot be cured. They can still lead happy and independent lives if their condition is managed well.
While some of this management is by health professionals, there are many ways people can help themselves. Some of these are lifestyle changes and others are through understanding their condition and what to do when it gets worse.
During June, July and August, NHCP is talking to people who attend three Breathing Space groups, as well as people who have the condition but do not currently access any support. We will be asking them what is important to them in helping them to lead healthier and happier lives. We also want to find out what they have learnt since being diagnosed that has really improved their lives and what they wish they had known.
These findings will help shape the education programme which will be tested from October with the intention of rolling it out across the county from April 2020.