COMPASS aims to support people with long-term physical health conditions. Long-term conditions are illnesses that may not be curable. People live with and manage these health conditions for a long time which can be challenging and can affect wellbeing.

Examples of long-term conditions are:

  • Diabetes
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Kidney Disease
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Coronary heart disease
  • Cancer
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.

Note: this is not an extensive list and COMPASS is also suitable for other long-term conditions.

COMPASS is designed to help people adjust to living with long-term conditions and improve mental and physical health self-management. It is based on challenges that are common across long-term conditions. This means it can be used by everyone, regardless of which long-term condition they have.

“I was able to use the skills I gained from COMPASS to give me the courage to speak about my fears… Using COMPASS gave me permission to move on and accept that my life before my long-term condition won’t come back, but that life afterwards is different and that’s ok.” (COMPASS user)