Who we are
We are trained volunteer facilitators who deliver a course designed for people who live with one or more long term health conditions – to help you regain your confidence and take control of your health.
What we do
The Expert Patients Programme (EPP) is a free six week course for people who live with one or more long term health conditions – or who have personal experience of someone living with one or more long term health conditions.
Our trained facilitators will guide you through the programme – helping you to learn skills to manage the things that you may experience as a result of living with your long-term health condition – including: pain, fatigue, poor sleep, difficult emotions -like fear, frustration, and anger- stress, anxiety and physical limitations.
The course offers a toolkit of techniques to help you improve your quality of life, to help you to manage your condition and the emotional changes brought about by your condition.
Our course covers;
- developing your communication skills
- managing your emotions
- managing daily activities
- working with the healthcare system
- health resources
- planning for the future
- understand exercising and healthy eating
- managing fatigue, sleep, and difficult emotions like pain, anger and depression.
Attending the course also provides a great opportunity for you to meet other people who share similar experiences.
Each weekly session lasts two and a half hours including a break.
How do you use this service?
You do not need a referral to access this service, simply give us a call for more information or details of courses running in your area. In most cases we would recommend that you have been living with your condition for at least six months before joining the programme.
Courses are delivered in person in community venues and online – the individual must have a reliable internet connection and device with a camera.
Everyone attending the course gets a free handbook – a valuable resource with lots of information about managing your life with a long term health
If you have difficulty in groups or leaving home we offer.
We will send you a pack, which includes:
- The course book – Living a healthy life with chronic conditions
- A tool kit booklet
- An exercise CD
- A relaxation CD.
Then we will support the individual with a weekly conference call to help them find the right tools to help manage their long term condition.
To sign up for a course or learn more contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
0300 013 2045, select option three.
- Thanet starting on June 15
- Virtual – starting soon.
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