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36 WWW.CHANGE-PAIN.COM Useful resources and choices to help you Below are some choices to access support, advice or help in your area and nationally. Self-management programmes (SMP's) These are run in the community by highly trained tutors who also have health conditions (including pain) themselves but have learned to become good selfmanagers. SMP’s are run by Arthritis Care called Challenging Arthritis www.arthritiscare.org.uk and the Expert Pa- tients Programme www.expertpatients.co.uk Talking Health www.talkinghealth.org is a Network of independent freelance con- sultants, organisations and individuals supportive of the development of values based, lay led self-management and empowerment training for people living with long-term conditions, and the health and social care professionals that support them. Remember SMP’s can provide you with many self-management tools, but you have to do the work.