Expert Patients Programme (EPP)

Asian Resource Centre of Croydon

The Expert Patients Programme (EPP) is a free 6-week course designed for adults living with 1 or more long-term health condition, such as diabetes type 2, hypertension, COPD, etc. It is also ideal for carers of a person with a long-term health condition.


To enrol is free and simple, just complete this online form: https://forms.office.com/r/0UJzuJ7NyN



What will I learn?

• How to deal with pain and fatigue

• How to cope with feelings of depression and anxiety

• Healthy eating

• Managing stress

• Relaxation

• Exercise

• Managing negative thoughts

• Conscious breathing

• Diversion techniques

• How to set personal goals

• Information and sharing resources

• Communication skills

• Tips on improving sleep

• How medication and other therapies can help



What are the benefits?

Many people find that they are able to manage their conditions better and build more effective relationships with healthcare professionals.

Patients reported increased confidence and energy as well as improvements in their overall wellbeing.



Who runs the course?

Each course is delivered by two fully trained people, one or both will have a personal experience of living with a long-term health condition.


During this course no one tells you what you should or should not do. However, you will receive lots of new ideas which will help to manage your pain and fatigue more effectively. Family members, carers and health professionals are welcome to attend these workshops.



How does it work?

The course is delivered over 6 weeks on Zoom, in sessions lasting 2.5 hours with refreshment breaks included. There’s also an opportunity at the end of the session to chat and get to know the other people in your group.




What are the opportunities?

• Learn new coping skills

• Meet other people who have similar experiences

• To be realistic about the impact of your condition on you and your family

• The chance to try out a variety of new self-management techniques



Our aim:

The Expert Patient Programme is designed to complement the care and the support you already receive from your healthcare specialists.

The course will make you aware of other services and resources available in Croydon and how you can make best use of them.



What will it cost?

FREE

The Expert Patients Programme is free for anyone who has a Croydon postcode or Croydon G.P. and over 18 years old.


Next courses:


EPP 2

Wednesday 26th January, 5.15pm - 7.45pm, Zoom

Wednesday 2nd February, 5.15pm - 7.45pm, Zoom

Wednesday 9th February, 5.15pm - 7.45pm, Zoom

Wednesday 16th February, 5.15pm - 7.45pm, Zoom

Wednesday 23rd February, 5.15pm - 7.45pm, Zoom

Wednesday 2nd March, 5.15pm - 7.45pm, Zoom


EPP 3

Friday 25th February 5.30pm - 8pm Zoom

Friday 4th March 5.30pm - 8pm Zoom

Friday 11th March 5.30pm - 8pm Zoom

Friday 18th March 5.30pm - 8pm Zoom

Friday 25th March 5.30pm - 8pm Zoom

Friday 1st April 5.30pm - 8pm Zoom


EPP 4

Thursday 17th March 10am - 12.30pm Zoom

Thursday 24th March 10am - 12.30pm Zoom

Thursday 31st March 10am - 12.30pm Zoom

Thursday 7th April 10am - 12.30pm Zoom

Thursday 14th April 10am - 12.30pm Zoom

Thursday 21st April 10am - 12.30pm Zoom


To enrol is free and simple, just complete this online form: https://forms.office.com/r/0UJzuJ7NyN

Sessions Run

Monday morning, Monday afternoon, Monday evening, Tuesday morning, Tuesday afternoon, Tuesday evening, Wednesday morning, Wednesday afternoon, Wednesday evening, Thursday morning, Thursday afternoon, Thursday evening, Friday morning, Friday afternoon, Friday evening

Contact details

Organisation Asian Resource Centre of Croydon
Contact name Lizzie Grashion Hewitt
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