HOPE (Helping to overcome problems effectively)

The free short course has been developed by Coventry University and Macmillan Cancer Support to help and support people that have or have had cancer. HOPE self-management courses are designed for all cancer types and focus on psychological, physical and social needs. Many people have benefited from attending the weekly sessions that are completely confidential and take place in relaxed surroundings.

The course in brief:

  • 6 consecutive weeks
  • Same time & same day
  • 2.5 hrs per session
  • Small groups (6-12 people)
  • Led by accredited HOPE facilitator
  • Same tutor/s each week
  • Confidential environment with no interruptions


Robin’s Nest, Bideford Football Club, Kingsley Road, Bideford EX39

9.30am-12 noon – Thursday 12th 19th 26th September and 3rd 10th 17th October 2019


Room 3B, Barnstaple Library, Tuly Street, Barnstaple EX31 1EL

10.00am – 12.30pm – Thursday 16th 23rd 30th January and 6th 13th 20th February 2020

To register interest in HOPE please complete this form, attach it to an email and send to: ndht.cancercarecounselling@nhs.net

More information

The HOPE programme – Help to Overcome Problems Effectively – is a health and lifestyle coaching course to support people after cancer treatment. Originally developed by Coventry University, it is now a licensed and accredited self-management programme run in partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support. Those living with and beyond cancer 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 avoided or self- managed such as fatigue, fear of recurrence and depression.

HOPE self-management courses are for all cancer types and recognises the commonality of unmet psychological and emotional needs (fear of recurrence, reduced confidence), physical needs (fatigue and need for physical exercise) and social needs such as social isolation. Macmillan Cancer Support are committed to provide a high level of training with learning and development support for trained Hope facilitators,  ensuring quality and positive outcomes for patients attending the programme.

The HOPE programme for cancer patients is delivered in 6 consecutive weekly sessions, each of 2.5 hours duration. There is a mix of psycho education, skills practice and reviewing self-management goals.

Attendees of the course reported the following:

  • Feel reassured and able to recognise own potential for making changes to enhance quality of life, confidence and happiness.
  • Feel more able to support and share with others
  • Reduced isolation.
  • Feel more confident in dealing with emotional issues, depression, anxiety, anger and frustration
  • Understand and use positive communication skills and reflective listening
  • Know how to achieve long and short term plans for change by using the goal setting and problem solving steps.
  • Address difficult problems using the problem solving techniques of the course designed to analyse and find solutions.
  • Able to use the relaxation techniques practised on the course to refresh the mind and body.
  • Be able to share the course experience and knowledge with family and friends.

………………………………………… the first steps towards taking control of your life!


Last updated: August 16, 2019