Relaunch for expert patient programme

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A programme which helps patients with an ongoing illness or condition has been relaunched across the Wakefield district.

The expert patient programme is a self-management scheme designed to give people more control by teaching new skills for managing and improving their health.

Now South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust has relaunched the programme with a series of short films, along with new publicity materials for GP surgeries. In the films, eight local people tell their stories, describing their health conditions and impact the programme has had on their lives.

Lynn Daniel, expert patient programme co-ordinator, said: “The films powerfully convey the difference our tools and techniques can make to the day-to-day lives of people with a wide range of long-term conditions, including diabetes, heart failure, depression, arthritis, autism, cancer and multiple sclerosis.

“We are very grateful to the people who agreed to be filmed, they have a range of ongoing illnesses or conditions but they all had one thing in common – they wanted to control their condition, not let their condition control them.”