Managing your well-being when you have a long-term condition

Living with a long-term physical health problem can lead to a variety of emotional responses: frustration, anxiety and low mood, to name a few.  It is common for your health condition to affect your mood and vice versa.

Our service aims to help you to improve your well-being, support you to manage your health problem and help you to look at how you can live your life in a more positive way.

We offer a range of treatment options including courses as well as individual therapy, which case take place via the telephone, online or face to face depending on the treatment you receive. The type of therapy we predominantly use is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (see therapies section).

We are based in a variety of locations across the county to make access easier, including at our base sites in Huntingdon, Cambridge, Wisbech, March and Peterborough.  We also work out of many GP surgeries, various rooms in the community such as libraries and some hospital settings.  However, we do not see people in their own home.

 

Managing your well-being with diabetes

Living with diabetes requires juggling diabetes management alongside normal everyday life.  Understandably this can seem overwhelming, frustrating and stressful. It is common to experience mood changes. Research suggests you are twice as likely to experience difficulties with anxiety and depression if you have diabetes. Fluctuations in blood sugar levels can lead to feelings of anxiety, while feeling low in mood can make it hard to manage your diabetes.
National clinical health guidelines have demonstrated that cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is useful for people who are struggling with managing their diabetes. CBT can enhance peoples’ understanding of diabetes care and has also been shown to improve mood and glycaemic control.

Finding Support

CPFT Psychological Well-being Service works alongside and collaborates with GPs, hospitals, diabetes specialist nurses and consultants.  We will help you recognise if you are experiencing anxiety or depression and how this might affect health and management of your diabetes.  Therapists have training and experience in working with people with diabetes and other physical health conditions. Together, we will be able to talk about the range of therapy options that would be most helpful and suitable for you.

Managing your well-being with a heart condition

People living with a heart condition experience disproportionately high rates of mental health problems. Research suggests you are three times more likely to suffer anxiety and / or depression if you have a heart condition. Anxiety is the most common symptom (77%) and over half (51%) of people with a heart condition experience symptoms of depression. Despite these strong feelings, many people do not speak to anyone about the emotional or psychological impacts of having a heart condition.  

It can be really helpful to talk with someone about your heart condition. Improved management of stress and depression can help support future changes to your physical and emotional health. This in turn will help to improve your cardiovascular risk profile and lower your risk of further cardiac events.

Finding Support

CPFT Psychological Well-being Service works alongside and collaborates with GPs, hospitals, cardiac specialist nurses and consultants.  We will help you recognise if you are experiencing anxiety or depression and how this might affect health and management of your heart condition. Therapists have training and experience in working with people with cardiac conditions and other physical health problems. Together, we will be able to talk about the range of therapy options that would be most helpful and suitable for you. 

Managing your wellbeing with Respiratory Disorders 

It is common for people living with COPD or other chronic respiratory diseases to feel anxious or low in mood. Research shows that people with COPD are 2.5 times more likely to experience depression and anxiety than the general population. Symptoms such as breathlessness, coughing and fatigue can contribute to feelings of stress, anxiety or depression. These feelings can lead to reduced activity levels, which may worsen your condition.  Cognitive behavioural therapy techniques have proven to be successful in psycho-educational breathlessness/health promotion groups as well as individually  in primary and secondary care, with positive outcomes on: psychological wellbeing, coping strategies and use of health services.

Finding Support

CPFT Psychological Wellbeing Service works alongside and collaborates with GPs, hospitals, respiratory specialist nurses and consultants.  We will help you recognise if you are experiencing anxiety or depression and how this might affect health and management of your respiratory condition.  Therapists have training and experience in working with people with lung conditions and other physical health problems. Together, we will be able to talk about the range of therapy options that would be most helpful and suitable for you.

Who is the service for?

The service is for people aged over 17 years who are normally resident in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough who are registered with a GP in one of these areas.  We do not have an upper age limit.


How much does it cost?

As an NHS service, the treatments that we offer are free of charge.


How can I refer myself?

Click the link to start the self referral process:

Alternatively, call our self-referral team on the number below and they will guide you through the process.  Let them know that you have a LTC.  The line is open 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

0300 300 0055

The Psychological Wellbeing Service provides psychological therapy that recognises the difficulties for some patients with long-term physical health conditions including COPD, Diabetes and Cardiac disease including heart failure.  Leaflets for these specialised services are available below, accessible from the further Information section at the foot of the page. 

The page was last updated on 10 September 2018 by andrea.bateman.

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Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
Elizabeth House, Fulbourn Hospital
Cambridge, CB21 5EF

T 01223 219400 (open 8:30am to 5pm)
F 01480 398501

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