Online course to help improve patients’ lives

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PATIENTS with long-term health conditions and chronic illnesses can get free help online.

The Expert Patients Programme Community Interest Company is delivering a new online course through NHS Portsmouth.

The programme is designed to improve quality of life, reduce feelings of isolation and depression and help people self-manage their illness.

Jo Shearman, senior programme manager at NHS Portsmouth, said: ‘I hope the courses will help patients learn to cope with the potentially distressing and difficult effects of living with a long-term condition.’

The free internet course has up to 20 participants at a time, who log on two to three times a week for two hours. The course runs for six weeks with an extra two weeks of time at the end to allow people to revisit or update their sessions.

Anyone interested can call 0800 9885520, email enquiries@eppcic.co.uk, text 07797 807163 or visit expertpatients.co.uk.