Courses to support patients

PUBLISHED: 16:12 15 August 2008 | UPDATED: 22:12 15 June 2010

PEOPLE in Devon living with long-term health conditions can receive free support from trained tutors as part of the Expert Patients Programme (EPP). Run by Devon Primary Care Trust, EPP will help develop skills, confidence and knowledge to better manage y

PEOPLE in Devon living with long-term health conditions can receive free support from trained tutors as part of the Expert Patients Programme (EPP).Run by Devon Primary Care Trust, EPP will help develop skills, confidence and knowledge to better manage your condition.The tutors have experience of living with a long-term health condition and will go through a programme to help people have more control over their lives.The sessions include: relaxation techniques, dealing with tiredness, healthy eating, coping with feelings of anger and depression, communicating with family, friends and health care professionals, and planning for the future.EPP co-ordinator for the trust, Carmel Fanconi, said: "It's important that people with long-term conditions feel more confident and in charge of their lives and that's what our courses are designed to achieve."Devon PCT also runs Looking After Me courses for carers who look after a person with a long-term condition.All these courses are free but it is advisable to book early in order to secure a place.EPP programmes will run in Honiton at the hospital, in Marlpits Lane, from September 12 to October 17, on Fridays, 10.30am to 1pm. The event will take place in The Classroom at the Jerrard Wing.To take part in an EPP or Looking After Me course, call 0800 0730792 or e-mail d-pc.EPP@nhs.net and leave your name and number.

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