A local NHS Trust has announced new dates for its Expert Patients Programme – a course which helps to put people with a long-term condition back in control of their lives.
The Wakefield based programme, provided by South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust provides free self-management training for people living with a variety of physical and mental health conditions or their carers.
People living with a long-term condition including diabetes, arthritis, depression and heart disease who want to join the programme are invited to the following sessions:
- Thursday 1 May – 10:30am – 1pm – The Springs Life Resource Centre, Hemsworth
- Tuesday 6 May – 6pm- 8:30pm – Castleford, Normanton and District Hospital, Castleford
- Tuesday 27 May – 10:30am – 1pm – Castleford, Normanton and District Hospital, Castleford
- Monday 2 June – 10:30am – 1pm – West Wakefield Methodist Church, Wakefield
- Wednesday 18 June – 6pm – 8.30pm – Castleford, Normanton and District Hospital, Castleford
The Expert Patients Programme is a six week course of weekly meetings designed to empower people with long-term conditions giving them the tools, techniques and confidence necessary to take control of their condition and manage it more effectively.
Sessions are led by people who have a long-term condition and have attended the programme, going on to train as Tutors.
The Trust has produced a series of videos highlighting how the Expert Patients Programme has helped transform the lives of hundreds of patients across the Wakefield area. All of the people in the videos are people who had a range of ongoing illnesses or conditions but had one thing in common – they wanted to control their condition and not let their condition control them. The videos are available on the Trust’s website –www.WakefieldEPP.co.uk.
For more information on the Expert Patients Programme please call 01977 665732 or email the team using the form on the Trust’s website – www.WakefieldEPP.co.uk.