Expert Patients Programme (EPP)

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 professionals
  • Finding other health services in the community
  • Managing symptoms
  • Dealing with pain and tiredness
  • Coping with feelings of depression and anxiety
  • Healthy eating
  • Exercise


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 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.


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


Tel: 020 8684 3784

Service access criteria: Patient needs to live in Croydon and have a long-term health condition, like diabetes, hypertension, COPD, mental health, arthritis, etc
Health advice
Getting active
Healthy lifestyle
Managing a long-term health condition
Mental health
Social prescribing
Support for carers
Additional needs catered for:
Wheelchair accessible
Physical disability friendly
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