The Expert Patients Programme is a free course for anyone with a long-term health condition or illness who wishes to learn self management skills for controlling and improving their health. The courses are held locally and are tailored to the needs of the people who attend.

Self referral

Fill in our simple online form.

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Attachment You will need:

  • The name, address and telephone number of your GP
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After you've applied

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How the courses will help you

The courses help people to better self manage their health condition and improve their quality of life. The courses run once a week for 2.5 hours for 7 weeks. There is a 15 minute break in each session when refreshments will be available. The courses will help you learn:

  • Ways to manage your symptoms and improve how you feel
  • Ways to deal with anger, fear, frustration, isolation, fatigue and depression
  • Relaxation
  • Better breathing
  • Action planning
  • Healthy eating and nutrition
  • Basic exercise, how to build your level of fitness, flexibility and strength
  • Problem-solving skills in your daily life
  • Ways to make informed choices
  • How to make plans that work for you
  • Working with your health care professionals such as GPs and district nurses

Courses available

Expert Patients Programme general course

A course for anyone with chronic or long term health conditions who want to learn skills for managing and improving their health. Delivered in English or Urdu. The course covers:

  • Positive thinking
  • Manage your symptoms
  • Improve how you feel
  • Deal with anger, fear, frustration, isolation, fatigue and tiredness
  • Deal with depression and anxiety
  • Action planning
  • Work with your health care professionals
  • Develop confidence to take more control of your life
  • Cope better with your situation
Persistent Pain Programme

The persistent pain programme is a self-management course for people who live with day-to-day persistent pain.

  • Meeting and sharing experiences with others in a similar situation
  • Overcoming common misconceptions, fears and beliefs about pain
  • Pacing daily activities
  • Dealing with setbacks
  • Stretching and exercising techniques
  • Action planning and goal setting
  • Problem solving
  • Keeping a pain diary and tracking your progress
  • Medication management
  • Relaxation
New Beginnings

A course for individuals living with or in recovery from a mental health condition.

  • Anxiety managementSetback strategies
  • Improved relationships with family, friends, health and social care professionals
  • Reduce the effects of stigma and disempowerment
  • Reduced feelings of isolation, anxiety and depression

After finishing the course you will receive a certificate to show you have completed the Expert Patient Programme. You will also receive information about the EPP support groups which run monthly across Kirklees and information about becoming an Expert Patients Programme volunteer tutor.

Attendees journeys

Short videos of people who have attended a course and how the Expert Patients Programme has helped them:

Joan - diabetes programme
Joan gives her experience of living with diabetes and how the Expert Patients Programme for Diabetes in Kirklees has helped her make positive changes to her life.

Joyce - diabetes programme
Joyce's experience of living with diabetes and how attending the Expert Patients Programme has helped her to better manage her diabetes.

Mohammed - diabetes programme
Mohammed describes his experience of the condition and how the Expert Patients Programme in Kirklees has helped him to better manage his condition.

Contact Expert Patients Programme

  • 01484 221543