Help Overcome Problems Effectively (HOPE)
At Willen Hospice we are proud to be able to offer a Lymphoedema Service to our patients. We caught up with Kate and Carly our Lymphoedema Nurse Specialists to discuss HOPE sessions at Willen Hospice after they attended the Macmillan HOPE training to become accredited Macmillan HOPE facilitators.
What is HOPE?
The HOPE Programme is a six-week self-management course developed by Coventry University for cancer patients. The HOPE approach focuses on support and advice within an informal, small group setting with the aim to share knowledge, skills and confidence to help cancer patients cope with the frustrations, fears and isolation that living with and beyond cancer can sometimes bring. The course uses positive psychological evidence-based activities, such as goal setting, action planning, mindfulness and gratitude diaries, to create an upward spiral of positive emotions leading to improved confidence, social support, happiness and well-being.
Patients face a number of challenges following primary treatment and can feel lost and abandoned during transition from patient to survivor. Many struggle with the consequences of treatment that could be self-managed, such as fatigue and fears for the future. The risk of depression in patients with cancer is two to three times higher than the general population.
The HOPE techniques have been shown through research to have a positive impact on the health and well-being of people living with and affected by cancer.
Carly and Kate have completed their first six-week programme, which was held in the Wellbeing Centre on Monday mornings. The feedback from the attenders has been extremely positive and improved confidence and self-management skills for these service users.