The Expert Patient Programme is a free self management course for people with a long-term condition. There are schemes in England and in Wales
The six week course is delivered by accredited tutors. Most tutors themselves have a long-term health condition. The course aims to give people the confidence to self-manage their health and to be active participants in the care of their condition. Rather than focussing on specific conditions, the course looks at general topics including healthy eating, dealing with pain and fatigue, relaxation techniques and coping with negative feelings.
There are also courses for carers looking after someone with a long-term condition. In England, Self Management UK also run courses for carers aged between 13 and 21.
Last updated: February 2018
Last reviewed: February 2018
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