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.

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  • The name, address and telephone number of your GP
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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
Course dates for Expert Patients Programme
Season Venue Dates Time
Summer Brian Jackson House, Huddersfield Monday 4, 11, 18, 25 June and 2, 9, 16 July 2018 10:30am - 1pm
Summer Dewsbury Health Centre, Dewsbury Thursday 14, 21, 28 June and 5, 12, 19, 26 July 2018 10:30am - 1pm
Autumn Brian Jackson House, Huddersfield Friday 14, 21, 28 September and 5, 12, 19, 26 October 2018 10:30am - 1pm
Autumn Dewsbury Health Centre, Dewsbury Monday 17, 24 September and 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 October 2018 10:30am - 1pm
Winter Brian Jackson House, Huddersfield Monday 5, 12, 19, 26 November and 3, 10, 17 December 2018 10:30am - 1pm
Winter Dewsbury Health Centre, Dewsbury Tuesday 6, 13, 20, 27 November and 4, 11, 18 December 2018 10:30am - 1pm

Participant feedback

"Many thanks for providing such a wonderful, life-enriching course for those of us who are in need."

"Having been on a few courses before I found this course has helped me tremendously, more than any other."

"It has been a great course with great tutors delivering it."

"The course is the best thing I have done by far!"

"This is one of the best things I have done. I feel it's changed how I feel, it's changed how I think about me and my condition."

"Most useful was realising other people were struggling with the same emotional reaction to their condition."

"I found the course life changing!"

"Very useful and long may the course continue!"

Contact Expert Patients Programme

  • 01484 221543