Support for long term conditions

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Longer-term conditions such as arthritis can be painful and debilitating.
Around 10 million people of all ages in the UK have arthritis. Having pain can lead us to reduce our activity levels, but we know from research, that keeping active helps manage the pain and keep our muscles and joints healthy.
Please see our leaflets and further information on this page for advice and how to get moving.
We also run a six-week programme for people living in Islington with long-term health conditions and their carers. The Expert Patients Programme (EPP) aims to support you to cope better and feel more in control. There are two and half hour sessions each week. Topics covered include: managing symptoms (e.g. pain, fatigue, sleep problems), coping with stress or anxiety and depression, healthy lifestyle tips,relaxation techniques, communicating with family, friends and health care professionals, and goal-setting and problem-solving. The programmes are run by people who live with health problems themselves. You will meet other people facing similar situations in a friendly environment and share experiences and ideas with each other.

Advice Leaflets

Advice leaflet coming soon

Exercise Videos

Useful Apps

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NHS 24 MSK Help

Advice on common muscle, back and joint problems:

  • Exercises and video clips to help you get moving safely
  • Information to help with Work Working lives information
  • Reminders to do your exercises and/or attend any appointments
  • A log to keep a note of your progress


In order to be able to treat pain effectively, pain experts recommend you keep a diary. CatchMyPain allows you to track your pain problem by using detailed drawings and by providing other relevant information. The diary will help you to explain your pain problem to any care provider.

Page last updated: 27 Jun 2017
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