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The Expert Patient Programme

The Expert Patient Programme (EPP) is a free course for Harrow residents and Harrow council employees who are living with a physical or mental health condition, who would like to find ways to manage their illness more positively in order to improve their quality of life.

The course aims to help you improve your health and wellbeing and build your knowledge and confidence.

The course is open to anyone aged 18 and over who is living with one or more long-term health conditions, and is also available to carers of people with long-term conditions.

Our trainers have previously attended this course and regularly use the tools that they learnt to help them manage their own long-term health conditions.  Our trainers can relate to your experiences.

People with many different conditions have all benefited from the EPP programme, such as:

  • Arthritis
  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Back pain
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Depression
  • Respiratory conditions (e.g. COPD, asthma, emphysema)

What does the EPP course involve?

The course involves learning a tool kit of skills and techniques to help you manage your long-term condition.

Some of the subjects covered in the programme include:

  • dealing with pain and fatigue
  • dealing with difficult emotions
  • the symptom cycle and managing common symptoms
  • communication with family, friends and medical professionals
  • healthy lifestyle
  • managing your medicine(s)
  • making decisions about treatment and care
  • planning and setting goals

For more information take a look at our EPP leaflet.

Course overview

You will attend a group session once a week for six weeks.  Each session is 2.5 hours long, with a 20 minute break.

The course is attended by people of all ages, with many different health conditions and life experiences.  Every person attending though has the same goal - they want to be able to better manage their long-term health condition and improve their quality of life. With that in mind, you will be surprised by how many people find that they share similar experiences. Some people find that they make new friends and become each other's support network once the course has finished.

You can participate and share in the group as much or as little as you wish.  If it helps with your condition to sit / stand / move around during the session then you are free to do so. The tutors understand that everybody has different needs and want you to be as comfortable as you can be.

The course is run throughout the year. It is led by trained tutors who have a long-term health condition or are carers.
Please not that the course is not about the individual health conditions but the issues that living with a long-term condition can bring.

How to book onto the course

If you would like to book a free place on one of these courses, contact the EPP coordinator via email or by calling 0208 736 6923.
Participants must be able to attend at least five of the six weeks to ensure that they receive the most from the course, and to prevent disruption to the group.  You must also be able to attend week 1 so that you understand the foundations of the course.

November - December 2019 course information

Week Day Date Course start time Course end time
Week 1 Thursday 07 November 2019 16:30 19:00
Week 2 Thursday 14 November 2019 16:30 19:00
Week 3 Thursday 21 November 2019 16:30 19:00
Week 4 Thursday 28 November 2019 16:30 19:00
Week 5 Thursday 05 December 2019 16:30 19:00
Week 6 Thursday 12 December 2019 16:30 19:00

February - March 2020 course information 

Week Day Date Course start time Course end time
Week 1 Tuesday 04 February 2020 11:00 13:30
Week 2 Tuesday 11 February 2020 11:00 13:30
Week 3 Tuesday 18 February 2020 11:00 13:30
Week 4 Tuesday 25 February 2020 11:00 13:30
Week 5 Tuesday 03 March 2020 11:00 13:30
Week 6 Tuesday 10 March 2020 11:00 13:30

Future course dates will be added as the year progresses.  If you are interested in future course dates, please contact us at [email protected] to be notified when new dates are published.