Where do they work:
Miles Platting and Newton Heath - East Manchester SRF, City-Wide, North West
Many find it a life changing experience, helping them move from a passive and victim mentality to increased self-belief and confidence.
The Expert Patients is a new approach to managing long term health conditions. It is a patient/ led course supporting patients to develop self-management skills such as problem solving and goal setting, some of the benefits are:
- Reduced severity of symptoms,
- Better communication with professionals,
- Improvement in lifestyle,
- Reduced visits to GPs Reduced visits to Accident and Emergency and Outpatients
The 6-week course is free and open to anyone living with long-term health conditions. Such as Diabetes, Heart Disease, Arthritis, Chest Conditions and Epilepsy, Depression, ME, IBS, CFS/MS, or any other long term condition.
Each week the sessions last for 2 hours 30 mins with a light lunch and refreshments provided at every session. All the courses are delivered by volunteers, who themselves have been on the Expert Patients Programme, they felt they benefited so much they become a volunteer tutor to further develop their self-management skills.
The key benefits of training in Self-Management are:
-Reduced severity of symptoms such as levels of pain
-Reduced levels of depression, fatigue and anxiety
-Better medication compliance and reduction in medication intake such as use of pain-killers
-Reduced visits to GPs, A&E and Outpatients
-Better communication with professional
-Enhanced quality of professional-patient relationship and of consultations
-Improvement in lifestyle and behaviors, e.g. relaxation, exercise, diet
-Improved resourcefulness and life satisfaction
-Participants may find employment or become more active in the community
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer for the service, please contact me on 0161 219 9424