What is the Expert Patients Programme?
The Expert Patients Programme (EPP for short) is a FREE course designed for adults living with any long-term health condition(s). The EPP aims to help you to take more control of your health by learning new skills to manage your condition better on a daily basis.
Topics that the course covers include:
Ø Managing tiredness and pain
Ø Coping with feelings of depression
Ø Relaxation techniques and exercise
Ø Healthy eating
Ø Action planning and problem solving techniques
Ø Communication skills with healthcare professionals, friends, family and colleagues.
The EPP CIC course is run over 6 weekly sessions with each session lasting 2 hours 30 mins. It is facilitated by trained tutors who, typically are living with a long-term condition and have become good self-managers.
How can it help you?
By taking part in an EPP CIC course you will:
Ø Learn new skills to manage your health condition
Ø Develop confidence in the daily management of your specific condition(s)
Ø Meet others who have shared similar experiences
Ø Learn about developing more effective relationships with healthcare professionals
How has it helped other people?
People who have taken part in an EPP CIC course have reported that it has helped them to:
Ø Feel confident and more in control of their life
Ø Manage their condition and treatment together with healthcare professionals
Ø Be realistic about the impact of their condition on themselves and their family
Ø Use their new skills and knowledge to improve their quality of life
Research confirms EPP benefits
In a randomised trial carried out by the National Primary Care Research and Development Centre, researchers found:
Ø Increase in people’s confidence to manage their condition
Ø Gains in energy
Ø Improvements in quality of life
Ø High satisfaction with the course
Ø Improvements in psychological wellbeing
Ø Improvements in partnerships with doctors
Anyone living with one or more long-term conditions can take part
What people have said after the course
“The EPP CIC course has made me realise that I can have some say over my pain and not let if dictate my life.”
“I have started swimming again which I never thought I would do – it’s given me a new lease of life.”
“It has been a great help just to be able to speak to people with the same problems.”
The next EPP CIC Course in your area starts on Monday 10 February 2014
at the David Rayner Building (Cambridge Cancer Help Centre), Great Shelford. Time: 10.00 am – 12.30 pm.
To find out more information and to book a place :
Telephone: Janet or Judy on 07866331782
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
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