Expert Patient Programme (EPP) in September 2008

ARE YOU LIVING WITH A CHRONIC HEALTH CONDITION?

DO YOU WANT TO FEEL MORE CONFIDENT AND IN CONTROL OF YOUR LIFE?

ENROL ONTO AN EXPERT PATIENT PROGRAMME NOW TO RECEIVE HELP AND SUPPORT ON LIVING WITH A LONG-TERM ILLNESS

The Northern Devon Healthcare Trust is running an Expert Patient Programme (EPP) in September 2008 in Barnstaple.

Date: Wednesday 17 September

Time: 13.30 – 16.00

Venue: Braunton Road, Barnstaple (contact us for precise location details)

If you would like to register onto a course or would like more information, please contact Janet Winchester, Expert Patient Programme Administrator, for Northern Devon Healthcare Trust on 01271 314089.

The EPP is a self-management programme for people living with any long-term health condition(s). It is run by the NHS and is free to attend. Groups of 8-16 participants, with a mix of different conditions, meet over six weekly sessions and are led through a structured course by trained tutors who are also living with a long-term condition. Each session (lasting two and a half hours) looks at ways to manage the effects of their long-term condition such as:

  • Dealing with pain and tiredness
  • Coping with feelings of depression
  • Relaxation techniques and exercise
  • Healthy eating
  • Communicating with family, friends and health professionals
  • Planning for the future.

Further courses are planned for later in the year in Northern Devon. To find out if it would be suitable for you or to book a place, please register via the contact details below. Places are FREE and are open to all North Devon residents who have any long term illness such as heart disease, arthritis, asthma, diabetes or multiple sclerosis.

To date over 200 North Devon residents have benefited from attending the programme. There is a strong emphasis on participants setting practical, achievable goals which are monitored each week. Core skills such as problem solving, decision making, being resourceful and behavioural changes are also developed throughout the six weeks.

A series of ‘NHS Guides’ to common long-term conditions are designed to help those at risk of, or who suffer from long-term conditions, to better understand and manage their illness. These cover stroke, diabetes, asthma, depression, and dementia. For access to these guides, please contact Janet or look on www.nhs.uk

The EPP does not provide health information or treatment, nor does it look at clinical needs. The aim of the EPP is to give participants the confidence to take responsibility for their own care, while also encouraging them to work in partnership with health and social care professionals.

Some of the feedback from people who attended a course last year include:

  • “It has restored my confidence in myself and coping with my disability”
  • “I think about things in different ways now”
  • “Coming on the programme has given me real confidence to move on and plan for the future without fear, because I can now set goals and move at my own pace”
  • “I used to get very down before I came on this course. I’ve gained so much I can’t begin to thank you for it”
  • “I feel less of a victim and more confident about the future”
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Last updated: March 6, 2018