EPP (Expert Patients Programme)
The Expert Patients Programme (EPP) is a free course for anyone living with 1, or more, long-term health condition in Croydon. The 6-week course is designed to boost your health and wellbeing, find solutions to common problems and help you feel more confident to manage your condition.
EPP has also been shown to support people taking their first steps to tackle obesity, we include this as a long-term health condition as it can lead to a number of serious and potentially life-threatening conditions, such as, type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, stroke, etc. Obesity can also affect your quality of life and lead to psychological problems, such as depression and low self-esteem.
EPP complements the care and support you already receive from healthcare professionals and will make you aware of other services and resources available in your area.
Weekly sessions cover a range of topics including:
Planning for the future
Communicating with family, friends and health care
Finding other health services in the community
Dealing with pain and tiredness
Coping with feelings of depression and anxiety
How has EPP helped other people?
People who have taken part in the course have reported that it has helped them to:
Feel confident and more in control of their life
Manage their condition and treatment together with healthcare professionals
Be realistic about the impact of their condition on themselves and their family
Use their new skills and knowledge to improve their quality of life
How does it work?
The course is delivered over 6 weeks, in sessions lasting 2.5 hours with refreshment breaks included. There’s also an opportunity at the end of the session to chat and get to know the other people in your group.
How can I take part in a course?
The course is open to self-referrals, as well as referrals from doctors and other professionals.
What will it cost?
FREE. The course is free for anyone who has 1, or more, long-term health conditions.
To register on a course, or for more information contact:
Tel: 020 8684 3784
Who runs the course?
Each course is delivered by 2 fully trained tutors. The tutors will have a personal experience of living with a long-term health condition.
Course 40 - Friday Evenings
26th January - 1st March 2024
6pm to 8pm
Course 42 - Tuesday Afternoons
6th February - 12th March 2024
Norbury Library, Beatrice Ave,
Norbury, Croydon, SW16 4UW
1:15pm to 3:15pm
Course 41 - Saturday Afternoons
16th March - 20th April 2024
Haslemere Hall, 2a, Haslemere Road,
Thornton Heath, CR7 7BE
12pm to 2pm