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Long Term Conditions

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What is the Challenge?

  • There are 15.4 million people (almost 1 in 3 of us) living with a long-term condition (LTC) in England e.g. diabetes, stroke, hypertension, heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, HIV and mental heatlth. At present LTC’s cannot be cured, but can be controlled by medication and other therapies.
  • People with LTC’s are the most frequent users of healthcare services. They account for 29% of the population, but use 50% of all GP appointments and 70% of all in-patients bed days

What have we done?

  • We have identified a number of local community groups where a significant number of their constituents are living with a LTC.
  • We have begun conversations with the local CCG on how these networks can be identified and then encouraged and enabled to become coproduction partners
  • Working with CCG to deliver ‘Looking After Me (LAM)’ and ‘Expert Patients Programme (EPP)” Projects

What we would like to do next?

  • Embed self-management programmes within community sites with leaders from one peer network enabled and supported to develop programmes in a parallel network.
  • Enable local people to become accredited as Self Management Trainers, so that skills and training becomes embedded within communities

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Expert Patient Programme (EPP)

This is a course which aims to help you improve your health and well being by learning and developing new skills to manage your life and condition on a daily basis. It also helps you share experiences with others who are in similar situations.

EPP courses in communities

We are working with community and faith groups in Wandsworth to run another set of taster sessions and EPP courses within community sites. If you belong to, or know of, any group who would like to get involved in running an EPP Cours for the benefit of their community then please contact ruth@wcen.org.uk

EPP Tutor Training

As mentioned above, our goal with this programme was to train up the community to be able to deliver EPP course within their own communities. We have the first cohort of community members being trained this September from Elays Network, the Hindu Society, Mushkil Aasaan and WCEN. They will then be able to deliver culturally appropriate EPP courses within communities and also work with the Wandsworth Self Management Service to be employed to deliver courses elsewhere. For more information on these tutor training courses then please contact ruth@wcen.org.ukĀ 

Project Updates

EPP Gallery