An NHS run programme in your area with
a senior trainer and a lay person.
A free course for people who want to gain control
of their chronic condition – this is a generic
course for any chronic illness.
The course is designed to help people living with a long-term
condition to learn how to manage their illness and live
a better life in spite of this. Over the six weeks you
will learn ways to help cope with many problems associated
with your chronic condition. i.e. self-management, relaxation,
importance of diet, exercise, communication with your Health
provider, family and friends, action planning and looking
to the future.
The EPP involves six weekly sessions, each lasting 2 ½ hours.
There will be brief talks, open discussion and a 20-minute
coffee or lunch break. These programmes are being piloted
across the UK.
You will be asked to complete a form on arrival to enable
the NHS to analyse the outcome for data purposes only – the
content is confidential. You will be given a comprehensive
Handbook covering all aspects of the course and further
Ask you GP for details or contact the EPP on 0845 606640
"I completed the Expert Patients Programme in September
2003 at Kingston PCT and found it very rewarding. You are
in a mixed group 11-16 people and the atmosphere is very
informal. Although the course is generic (any illness)
I was surprised at how many symptoms we all shared especially
fatigue, frustration and the future. Its amazing what they
squeeze into 6 weeks. Some people were quite angry and
frustrated but you saw this melt away with each passing
week. The empathy you gain from being in a group is priceless.
I thought I handled my problems well but was amazed at
how much I learnt. Everyone in our group gave positive
feedback" Maggie Hayward