Living Well With Arthritis: AHPs...Your key role in self-management programmes!

This session focuses on Arthritis Care’s long-term conditions self-management programmes and the benefits they offer people living with the condition.


Alan will explore such issues as why people do/do not engage with them, giving examples to show the difference they can make and how AHPs can encourage and facilitate more people to self-manage.


The speakers will also describe the real-life conversations that need to take place between AHP’s and people living with arthritis in order to help empower people to engage with self- management.


Melanie will draw on her real-life experiences to illustrate what can be most effective.

Learning outcomes:

  • Greater understanding of health professionals’ roles in self-management  and prevention initiatives.

Alan has been in his Policy and Engagement Manager role since September 2015, which has a particular focus on opportunities in health and social care integration, lonliness/isolation and reform of public health. 

Previously he has worked as Policy Manager (and fonding member) of Voluntary Health Scotland, Policy & Public Affairs Manager with Diabetes Scotland and Assistant Director of Carers Scotland.

Melanie's early background was in Children and Families Social Services in East and South Ayrshire, in Community Youth Support and managing befriending services, primarily with children with disabilities and additional needs.  She then specialised in Autism, leading to a senior training role with the National Autistic Society for over 6 years, delivering programmes to national NAS staff, local authority social services and education teams specifically tailored around the SPELL framework, autism focused child protection and was also an A1 SVQ assessor in Health and Social Care for NAS residential care staff.

She has worked with Arthritis Care for 7 years within Fundraising Management and Events & Communications Management Roles.  She is a graduate of Glasgow Caledonian University and the University of Strathclyde.  Melanie has lived with Rheumatoid Arthritis since the age of 8, having both total hip replacements and knee replacements in her early 20’s.