There is an opportunity for people Living with a long-term health condition or caring for/working with people with a long-term health condition to become a leader of the “Living Well” programme for Cork Kerry Community Healthcare.


What is Living Well?

  • Living Well is a free Self-management programme for adults living with long-term health conditions.
  • It is referred to as a CDSMP or Chronic Disease Self-management programme
  • It is a 6-week group programme consisting of 6 x 2.5 hour workshops.
  • It supports people to develop practical skills and confidence so they can better self-manage their long-term health condition and make changes for a healthier life.
  • It is a peer-led programme meaning that at least 1 of the 2 trained leaders who deliver the programme is living with or caring for someone with a long-term health condition.
  • It is licensed by the Self-Management Resource Centre (SMRC) USA and each person delivering the programme must do so in accordance with the SMRC fidelity manual.
  • During COVID-19 Living Well has been run online but prior to that it was typically run face to face in community settings.  We hope to get back to face to face in 2022.
  • Workshops are delivered in a relaxed and friendly way so that all participants can learn from each other.
  • Living Well complements other structured education programmes such as Discover Diabetes, CODE, Cardiac or Pulmonary Rehabilitation amongst others.
  • For more details on the Living Well programme and what is covered each week go to


Successful applicants for the Living Well leader Training need to:

  • Be living with or caring for/working with people with long-term health conditions.
  • Be comfortable delivering the programme to a group of people online or face to face.
  • Deliver 1-2 programmes in partnership with a trained leader in 2022 and at least 1 programme every 12 months after that.
  • Be willing to attend a refresher course if required.
  • Be aware that some workshops may be delivered in “off hours” (Saturday, evenings, etc.).
  • Have internet access and a piece of suitable technology (laptop with camera and microphone or tablet) for the training and for the delivery of online Living Well
  • Must have or be willing to arrange transportation to get to the workshops when face to face delivery of Living Well resumes.
  • Attend all of the 13 Sessions over a 7-week period to successfully complete the Peer Leader Training Programme. There is an introductory session at the beginning of the training programme. You will then need to attend 2 sessions each week; the Tuesday session as a participant and the Thursday session as a trainee Peer Leader. This way you experience the programme from both aspects.
  • Achieve accreditation: In order to achieve accreditation to deliver Living Well, you will be assessed twice during the first programme you deliver. The assessor will discuss his/her feedback with you and will provide support and advice as needed.
  • Sign an agreement (MOU) with the HSE, undergo Garda Vetting and comply with GDPR regulations.


If you are a HSE employee and wish to train to deliver Living Well as part of your work, you will need to speak to your line manager and ensure you have his/her support before proceeding.  


The proposed dates and times for the Living Well leader training are as follows:

For more information on the Living Well programme and on becoming a leader, please contact

Michael Healy, Living Well Coordinator, Cork Kerry Community Healthcare: email or Phone: 087 1832648