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:

  • Managing stress

  • Planning for the future

  • Communicating with family, friends and health care


  • Finding other health services in the community

  • Managing symptoms

  • Dealing with pain and tiredness

  • Coping with feelings of depression and anxiety

  • Healthy eating

  • Exercise

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To register on a course, or for more information contact:

Lizzie Hewitt, EPP Coordinator

Email: lizzie.hewitt@arccltd.com

Tel: 020 8684 3784

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.

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.

Available Course

Course 9 - Saturday afternoons

3pm – 5.30pm

Purley Masjid (group for Masjid members only)

Saturday 2nd July - Week 1

Saturday 9th July - Week 2

Saturday 16th July - Week 3

Saturday 23rd July - Week 4

Saturday 30th July - Week 5

Saturday 6th August - Week 6

Course 10A - Tuesdays

10am – 12.30pm

Croydon BME Forum Office, 56A Mitcham Rd, Croydon, CR0 3RG

Tuesday 2nd August - Week 1

Tuesday 9th August - Week 2

Tuesday 16th August - Week 3

Tuesday 23rd August - Week 4

Tuesday 30th August - Week 5

Tuesday 6th September - Week 6

EPP 10B - Wednesdays

1pm – 3.30pm

Wellness Centre, Upper Floor (Opposite Waterstone’s Bookstore), Whitgift Shopping Centre, Croydon

Wednesday 13th July - Week 1

Wednesday 20th July - Week 2

Wednesday 27th July - Week 3

Wednesday 3rd August - Week 4

Wednesday 10th August - Week 5

Wednesday 17th August - Week 6

Course 11 - Fridays

10am – 12.30pm


Friday 5th August - Week 1

Friday 12th August - Week 2

Friday 19th August - Week 3

Friday 26th August - Week 4

Friday 2nd September - Week 5

Friday 9th September - Week 6

Course 12 - Saturday afternoons


3pm – 5.30pm


Saturday 13th August - Week 1

Saturday 20th August - Week 2

Saturday 27th August - Week 3 

Saturday 3rd September - Week 4

Saturday 10th September - Week 5

Saturday 17th September - Week 6

Course 13 - Thursdays

10.30am – 1pm


Thursday 1st September - Week 1

Thursday 8th September - Week 2

Thursday 15th September - Week 3

Thursday 22nd September - Week 4

Thursday 29th September - Week 5

Thursday 6th October - Week 6

Course 14 - Thursday evenings


5.30pm – 8pm



Thursday 8th September - Week 1

Thursday 15th September - Week 2

Thursday 22nd September - Week 3

Thursday 29th September - Week 4

Thursday 6th October - Week 5

Thursday 13th October - Week 6