What is the Expert Patients Programme?
The Expert Patients Programme (EPP) is a NHS-based training programme that provides opportunities for people who live with a long-term condition(s) to develop new life-skills, ultimately allowing them to self-manage their condition more effectively on a day-to-day basis.
Fundamental changes are taking place to empower patients, to recognise that patients and professionals each have their own area of knowledge and expertise and need to work together. There is increasing evidence that patients - with proper support - can take a lead in 'self managing' their conditions and lead a better quality of life more generally. Self-management is seen as an integral, even central, part of the system of care provided to people with chronic conditions. The Expert Patient Programme is not simply about educating patients about their condition or providing them with relevant information, these programmes are based on developing patients' confidence and motivation to use their own skills, information and professional services to take effective control over life with a chronic condition.
Benefits of becoming an Expert Patient
Feel confident and in control of their lives
Aim to manage their condition and its treatment in partnership with health care professionals
Communicate effectively with professionals and are willing to share responsibility on treatment
Are realistic about the impact of their disease on themselves and their family
Use their skills and knowledge to lead full lives
Take control of your condition by becoming an Expert Patient. Find ways to control your symptoms so you can live the life you want. Expert patient courses take place over 2 1/2 hours per week for six weeks and are completely FREE.
How can I get in touch with the Expert Patients Programme?
Emma Constantinos is the EPP Coordinator for Mid Sussex PCT, Horsham & Chanctonbury PCT and Western Sussex PCT.
Direct dial tel: 01444 4 75974 (24 hour answer phone)
Fax: 01444 475757
Mid Sussex PCT
10-12 Church Road