Open workshops

We offer open workshops on a demand basis for individual practitioners, or two practitioners from the same team or service. Open workshops are a great way to discover more about the Bridges approach to self-management support for people working in education, private practice, third sector and charities, students or practitioners who cannot attend team training

What is the aim of individual practitioner training?

  • To enable individuals to develop effective strategies to integrate best practice in self-management support for patients and families in everyday clinical practice.

Who is it suitable for?

  • Frontline staff in health and social care of any grade, working in the acute or community settings.
  • Staff from the third sector or charities who work with individuals and families after brain injury or stroke, on a one-to-one or group basis.
  • A discount is available when two colleagues attend together.

What are the potential benefits for the service I work in?

  • Self-management support is widely talked about but little is known about the best ways to provide that support, and how to implement and sustain it. By attending these workshops you will enhance your own practice whilst developing an understanding of what might be needed to get a whole team working in a more person-centred way.
  • Teams who work in a targeted person-centred way can improve the quality of their interactions with patients and families, which in turn can see an improvement in measures of patient experience and satisfaction.  Secondary service outcomes that can be expected include improved efficiency.

What are the potential benefits for the patients and families I work with?

  • Patients and families who feel supported to self-manage feel greater confidence and control over their condition and daily lives. In turn this can bring about improvements in mood, functional ability, and perceived quality of life.
  • Read more about what patients think about our self-management books.

How is the training delivered?

Bridges unique approach to supported self-management is delivered in five stages, we tailor our approach to each individual team and the people who use their services, our evaluation and support ensures people enjoy, develop and continue practising the Bridges self-management approach

  1. Discovering - we really get to know your team, the services you offer and what’s working well, to pinpoint where your team and your service users would like to develop. This stage is usually carried out remotely, via video calls but can be hosted by a Bridges facilitator
  2. Knowledge Zone 1 – one day interactive session to reflect and build on current person centred approaches – or apply fresh, new ideas
  3. Transforming – three months to allow the team to put the Bridges approach into practice and return to knowledge zone 2 with practical experiences to reflect on
  4. Knowledge Zone 2 – a half day interactive session for the team to share and learn from the transform stage; what’s working well, what can be improved and how to handle challenging situations
  5. Onward…  we stay in touch and keep you updated with new research, ideas and materials to keep advancing.  Join our community of practice on Facebook for all the latest news, ideas and areas of research

Training is delivered at your place of work, usually by two Bridges trainers; a Lead Trainer accompanied by an Associate Trainer - our Associate Trainers often include service users with lived experience – they share their own experiences of living well with a long term condition and their interactions with health and care practitioners

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Access to unique self-management books

  • Where applicable to your caseload, you will be supplied with five copies of our unique self-management books for either stroke, traumatic brain injury, long-term conditions or trauma, to use with patients and families.
  • It is possible to come to the training if you work with a different caseload, for example amputee or falls rehabilitation, as the principles of self-management support can be universally applied.

Learning outcomes

  • Understand the key policies and research in relation to supporting living with a long-term condition.
  • Appreciate the enablers and barriers to effective self-management in the long-term.
  • Understand the theoretical and evidence-base to the Bridges approach to self-management support.
  • Demonstrate practical methods of enhancing self-efficacy in individuals, thereby achieving greater control in their everyday lives.
  • Demonstrate greater awareness of different communication styles and their impact on supporting self-management.
  • Demonstrate ways of using the unique self-management books with patients and families and across different clinical settings.
  • Understand ways of involving family, friends and carers in supporting self-management.
  • Develop strategies to evaluate and sustain self-management support in practice.

What do other practitioners say?

  • Recognising they are already working in ways to support self-management, participants are able to identify ways to make it even more effective, often with surprising improvements in patient engagement.
  • An inspiring course that challenges current thinking and practice.
  • Participants enjoy hearing and learning from other practitioner’s experiences of using Bridges in practice during the follow-up workshop.


Read about what other practitioners say.

To see our dates for our open workshops please click here.

To register your interest in attending an open workshop please email or call 020 8767 7343.

Practitioners in London can fund our open workshops through the Health Education England Portal for London and the South East via the Kingston University and St. George's University of London workforce development prospectus.  Please contact your organisation's Training and Education Lead.

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