This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Find out more here.
The Expert Patients Programme
Taking control of your long term health condition

The Expert Patients Programme (EPP)

This is a six-week course run by tutors who also have a long-term health condition.


The purpose of the course is to enable you to take more control of managing your own health by:

•sharing and learning from other people’s experiences

•teaching you ways to manage your symptoms

•finding new ways of doing things that you want or need to do

•finding ways to cope when you’re feeling low


All places on the course are free.


Many people feel better afterwards and are more confident and less anxious. They also visit their GP less, take less time off work, have less pain and need to take fewer medicines.


The EPP course is open to anyone with a long-term condition. You don't need to be sent by your GP or hospital doctor (though it is helpful to let them know you're going on the course).

Wandsworth Self Management Programme

The Expert Patients Programme is part of a larger project aimed at people living with long term health conditions :

Wandsworth self-management programme

This is:

•a range of free self-management courses for people living with any long term health condition(s) and their carer’s

•a database of activities or opportunities and information for people living with a long term health condition.

The main programme is The Expert Patients Programme (EPP) which offers a tool-kit, of techniques and skills to enable participants to manage their condition better on a daily basis, increase confidence and take control of their condition and its impact on their quality of life. 


The programme runs for 2.5 hours, once a week for 6 weeks, with 12-16 people in a group and is led by trained tutors who live with a long-term health condition themselves.


People who have attended the programme 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.


Courses available include:

Expert Patients Programme (EPP): for people who live with any long-term health condition

Looking After Me (LAM) for carers’, enabling them to develop self-management skills to take control of their own health and wellbeing

New Beginnings (NB): for people living with or recovering from mental health conditions including: stress, anxiety, depression, panic attacks.

Upcoming Courses

Self management courses run across the borough throughout the year.


Click here to view the timetable for the next few months.


If the listed courses are not suitable, do still contact us on the details below. This will allow us to contact you when we have a course that is suitable.


Finding Us

Wandsworth CCG
1st floor, 73-75 Upper Richmond Road
SW15 2SR