HOPE (Help Overcome Problems Effectively) Course at Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital

The HOPE course at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH) has been developed to support patients who have had surgery for cancer at RNOH. The course is designed to help our patients build confidence and look at coping strategies following a cancer diagnosis and surgery. HOPE helps you to focus on you as person, develop new strengths and approaches and rediscover old strengths that you had.

The course helps to boost your self-confidence and resilience to better cope emotionally, psychologically, physically and practically following your treatment.

The HOPE course is run by trained HOPE facilitators. The group will include between 6 – 12 people on each course. This size group allows for everyone to take part and enables meaningful discussions together as a group.

Why attend?

The course aims to:

  • Empower you to manage your health and wellbeing  - learn strategies to overcome emotional and practical difficulties
  • Improve and develop your self-management skills to enable you to plan and live your life as fully as possible
  • Help you recognise why you may be feeling over whelmed and not in complete control
  • Recognise your own potential and ability by regaining your confidence and self-esteem
  • Feel more confident and able to deal with various situations and issues including anxiety, stress, sleep, physical activity and fatigue.
  • Become familiar with planning and setting realistic goals and how to best achieve these
  • Introduce relaxation techniques and how best to use these in everyday life.
  • Meet and benefit from the support of other patients who have also had treatment at RNOH.

Who is the HOPE course for?

HOPE is for any patient, over 18 years of age, who has had surgery for cancer at the RNOH. Usually the most beneficial time to attend the programme is after your surgery and treatments have finished and you are moving onto routine follow-up. Alternatively, you may prefer to attend at a later time after your treatment/surgery. There isn’t a right or wrong time to attend.

Please do contact us if you wish to discuss whether the HOPE course may be beneficial for you.

How can you attend the HOPE course?

The HOPE course is completely free to attend. It will take place either online or in person at RNOH. The course runs for 6 weekly sessions, each lasting approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes.

If you would like more information, would like to talk about whether HOPE may be beneficial for you or would like details of dates/times and how to register, please contact us on:

Email: rnoh.personalisedcancercare@nhs.net

Phone: 020 3947 0458

UCLH also run a HOPE course - details can be found here