Expert patients programme

Are you a patient living with a long-term health condition?

The Expert Patients Programme (EPP) is a free self-management course developed for people living with any long-term health condition, such as heart disease, diabetes, asthma, arthritis, multiple sclerosis, depression, back pain, chronic fatigue syndrome etc.

The aim is to help you to take more control of your health by learning new skills and techniques to manage your condition better on a daily basis. Amongst other things, the course will explore:

  • How to manage common symptoms
  • Action planning and problem solving
  • Nutrition and exercise
  • Communication skills
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Medication management
  • Better breathing
  • Dealing with difficult emotions

Not only will the course give you new skills to help you to manage your condition and the emotional changes brought about by your condition, it also provides a great opportunity for you to meet other people who share similar experiences.

The course runs over six weekly sessions, each session lasting two and half hours including a break. Each course is facilitated by fully trained (but not medically qualified) volunteer tutors who themselves are living with a long-term health condition.

You do not need a referral to access this service, simply give them a call for more information of details of courses running in your area. It is recommended that you have been living with your condition for at least 6 months before attending the EPP.

Opening hours and contact details

Natalie Cooper, EPP Coordinator, Room 5 Zachary Merton Hospital, Glenville Road, Rustington, West Sussex, BN16 2DU.

Call 01903 858002 (24 hour answerphone) or email.

Office hours are Monday–Friday 9am to 5pm.

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