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Expert Patients Programme Wales


Expert Patients Programme Wales

When May 26, 2011 from 09:00 AM to 09:00 AM
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The Expert Patients Programme Wales (EPP) provides a range of

self-management courses and workshops for people living with long-term health conditions or for those who care for someone with a long term condition.

Living Your Life

EPP is about making you an expert in living your life to the full with your condition, not about making you an expert in the specific condition you have.

Expert Patients Programme
(Original Course)

Groups of 8-16 participants, with a variety of different conditions, meet over six weekly sessions of 2½ hours per week. They are led through a structured course by trained volunteer tutors. Each session looks at ways to help manage the effects of their long-term condition such as:

·         Managing symptoms such as pain and tiredness

·         Dealing with anger, fear and frustration

·         Coping with stress, depression and low self-image

·         Eating healthily

·         Learning relaxation techniques and guidance regarding all levels of exercise

·         Improved communication with family, friends and health professionals

·         Planning for the future

The courses are led by two tutors, who themselves have experience of making life changes as a result of a long-term health condition. The majority of EPP tutors are volunteers. EPP courses are run in suitable venues in local communities and are free of charge.

The course does not provide any health condition or treatment information, nor does it look at specific health needs. The aim of the EPP is to give participants the confidence to take responsibility for their own care, whilst understanding some of the common problems associated to have an ongoing condition.

What makes EPP special is the sharing of skills and experience with people who have to deal with the same things as each other.