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Do you have a long term health condition?

Posted: 16/03/2009 12:58:17

The Expert Patients Programme is a potentially life-changing course run by the NHS to help people with long-term health conditions improve their quality of life.

The course is completely free and available to anyone with any long term health condition (for example arthritis, asthma, diabetes, heart disease, depression, Parkinson’s disease).

Participants attend a two-and-a-half-hour session once a week for six weeks, learning ways to manage their condition more positively and take control of their life.

Sue Tobey, Expert Patient Programme co-ordinator for NHS Herefordshire, said: “We have already held a successful course in Hereford this year with positive feedback from participants.

“It’s very rewarding to see for myself the benefits it can bring. The next courses start in Leominster on Wednesday, April 8th, at Leominster Community Hall.

“I would be delighted to talk to anyone who is interested in attending or would like further information about the programme.”

Course sessions cover key topics such as managing symptoms, relaxation techniques, goal-setting, dealing with stress, depression, healthy eating, safe exercise and communication.

Tutors on the Expert Patients Programme are all volunteers who themselves have a long-term health condition and have been participants on the course, giving them first-hand experience of the difference it can make.

Participants who have attended the programme have been enthusiastic with their praise:

• “When I look back I realise I had given up hope of ever being able to live a normal life…now thanks to EPP I have a life!”

• “I feel more confident, less isolated and armed with a wealth of information to enable me to obtain a better quality of life”

• “I enjoyed the course very much…I manage a short bus ride now to visit my eldest son, whose home I have not been in for two years…that to me is a great achievement”

Anyone wanting more information about the courses or wanting to book a place should Sue Tobey on 01432 383568



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