Expert Patients Programme (EPP) 2022-11-17T14:08:47+00:00

Expert Patients Programme (EPP)

Improve your health and take more control

Do you have a long-term health condition? Do you want to boost your health and wellbeing and feel more confident to manage your condition?

Then join our Expert Patients Programme (EPP) – a free course for any adult living with one or more long-term health condition in Croydon. We are looking to particularly support people with hypertension (high blood pressure), COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) and diabetes.

The six-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.

The course is also available to those caring for someone with a long-term health condition.

Weekly sessions cover a range of topics including:
• Managing symptoms
• Dealing with pain and tiredness
• Coping with feelings of depression and anxiety
• Healthy eating
• Exercise
• Managing stress
• Planning for the future
• Communicating with family, friends and health care professionals
• Finding other health services in the community
The programme 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.

Who is this course for?
Any adult living in Croydon who has one or more long-term health condition. A long-term condition is an illness that cannot be cured but can usually be controlled with medicines or other treatments.
Examples of long-term conditions include arthritis, asthma, chronic obtrusive pulmonary disease (COPD), diabetes, epilepsy, heart failure and high blood pressure (hypertension).

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

Who runs the course?
Each course is delivered by two fully trained people. One or both will have a personal experience of living with a long-term health condition.

How is it structured?

Each course runs for two and a half hours a week, for six weeks. Refreshment breaks will be included.

Who else will be on the course?
There will be a maximum of 16 people on each course and there will be an opportunity at the end of each session to chat and get to know the other people in your group. All participants will have different long-term conditions.

Do I need to pay?
No, it’s free.

How can I take part in a course?

To register, please complete this short online form:
The course is open to self-referrals as well as referrals from doctors and other professionals.

For more information.

Gifty Nmaju EPP Coordinator
Tel: 020 8684 3784

Course dates – 2022
All current programmes will be running face to face.
Location: The Wellness Centre, First Floor , Whitgift Shopping Centre,  CR0 1LP (Opposite Waterstones Bookstore)
Please contact us for more information.

Course Six

Friday evenings

6pm – 8.30pm


Friday 3rd June            Week 1

Friday 10th June          Week 2

Friday 17th June          Week 3

Friday 24h June          Week 4

Friday 1st July              Week 5

Friday 8th July              Week 6

Course Seven

Friday evenings

6pm – 8.30pm


Friday 3rd June            Week 1

Friday 10th June          Week 2

Friday 17th June          Week 3

Friday 24h June          Week 4

Friday 1st July              Week 5

Friday 8th July              Week 6

Course Eight


10am – 12.30pm

Carers Support Centre, 24 George St, Croydon, CR0 1PB

Wednesday 8th June               Week 1

Wednesday 15th June             Week 2

Wednesday 22nd June             Week 3

Wednesday 29th June             Week 4

Wednesday 6th July                 Week 5

Wednesday 13th July              Week 6

Course Nine

Saturday afternoons

3pm – 5.30pm

Location in Croydon – TBC

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 Ten


10am – 12.30pm

Location in Croydon – TBC

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

Course Eleven


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 Twelve

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 Thirteen


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 Fourteen

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