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Expert Patients Programme Community Interest Company (EPP CIC) Launches Online Patient Community at 10 Year Anniversary Event

LONDON, November 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --

EPP CIC is marking the 10 Year Anniversary of the Expert Patients Programme (EPP) with an event in London on 15 November, where it will launch a new social media resource for patients with long-term health conditions.

Taking place during Self Care Week, the celebration at 15 Hatfields, London SE1 8DJ, will feature contributions from across the self-management community by policy makers, patients, commissioners and voluntary sector organisations, including:

  • Stephen Johnson, Deputy Director, Head of Long Term Conditions, Department of Health
  • Sir Liam Donaldson, former Chief Medical Officer
  • Stephen Jacobs OBE, Chair, EPP CIC
  • Dr John Chisholm CBE
  • Renata Drinkwater, Chief Executive, EPP CIC
  • Martin Patrick, Senior Consultant, Barnardos
  • Paralympian Gold Medallist Archer Danielle Brown (who lives with a long-term condition)

Ten years on from its introduction into the NHS, self-management remains a core element of the Department of Health policy framework, with EPP CIC being the leading provider of self-management programmes. It has exceeded its original objective of supporting the delivery of 100,000 EPP course places by 2012 and played a key role in raising the profile of self-management as a recognised public health measure.  

EPP CIC Chief Executive Renata Drinkwater comments: "In addition to celebrating the contribution of the incredible people and organisations who have been part of the self-management movement over the last 10 years, this event looks forward to the future of self-management with the launch of an online Expert Patient Community which we hope will offer information and inspiration to the 15.4 million people living with long-term conditions. Encouraging others to self-manage is important as the 30% of people who live with long-term conditions account for 69% of health service usage, and research shows that people who self-manage can reduce visits to GPs and emergency admissions."

The community pages at   and provide ongoing support for course participants and the opportunity for people to share stories and experiences of self-management.  In addition, regular bloggers share their day-to-day challenges and triumphs to give a valuable insight into the reality of living with a long-term condition.  On average, a person living with a long-term health condition will spend just 3 hours a year with their healthcare team; the rest of the time, they are managing their condition by themselves.

Contact: Sarah James,

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