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The nearest station is Canonbury, which is on the Overground (one stop from Highbury and Islington) and is about 2 minutes' walk away.

Two buses go along St Paul's road - the 277 and the 30. The nearest bus stop about 1 minute walk away, is Claphane Roade.

If you're coming from the South, up Essex Road, you can get the 73, 341, and 476. You'll need to get off at the 'Newington Green Balls Pond Road' stop (5 minutes walk away).

If you're coming from North of Canonbury, you can get the 38, 56, 73, 341, and 476. You'll need to get off at the 'Essex Road Marquess Road' stop, which is about 6 minutes' walk away.

 

Are you living with one or more Long Term Health Condition?

 

Do you want to

q Learn new skills to manage your health condition better

q Develop confidence in the daily management of your specific condition

q Meet others and share similar experiences

q Learn about developing more effective relationships with health professionals?

 

 

Disability Action in Islington & the Expert Patient Programme (EPP) have come together to offer local disabled people the opportunity to join the EPP Self-Management Course from November 2017

 

DAIs Aim is to support and enable disabled people in Islington to achieve their full potential and promote a more accessible and inclusive community and environment.

 

The EEP course is designed to help you to manage your health condition, find solutions to common problems & feel more in control.

 

Please read the information below. if you are interested in taking part, have any questions or want to discuss access needs/support then please contact us in one of the following ways -  

 

Email: andy@daii.org

Phone: 020 7354 8925

 

Closing Date for registering your interest Tuesday 31st October

 

What is it?

 

The Expert Patients Programme (EPP) is a six-week course for anyone living with one or more long term health conditions such as asthma, chronic fatigue, COPD, depression, diabetes, heart disease, MS, Parkinsons disease, HIV, ME, on-going back pain etc.

 

What can self-management offer me?

People with long-term health conditions face many similar issues such as fatigue, pain, frustration, stress and depression. The course looks at how to manage these whilst working alongside your healthcare providers.

 

By participating in the course you will:

q Learn new skills to manage your health condition better

q Develop confidence in the daily management of your specific condition

q Meet others and share similar experiences

q Learn about developing more effective relationships with health professionals.

 

What do we learn?

 

The course focuses on what you can do, rather than what you cant. Weekly sessions cover useful topics such as managing symptoms, dealing with pain and tiredness, coping with depression and other feelings, relaxation techniques, healthy eating, exercise, setting realistic goals and communicating effectively with health professionals.

 

How has it helped other people?

 

People who have taken part in an EPP course have reported that it has helped them to:

q  Feel confident and more in control of their life

q  Manage their condition and treatment together with healthcare professionals

q  Be realistic about the impact of their condition on themselves and their family

q  Use their new skills and knowledge to improve their quality of life.

 

Do I need to pay?

 

No, it is free.

 

Do I need to be referred by my doctor?

 

No, the course is open to self-referrals as well as referrals from doctors and other professionals.

 

How is it structured?

 

Each course runs for two-and-a-half hours a week, for 6 weeks. There is one session a week and refreshments are provided. A maximum of 16 people attend the course. All participants have different conditions.

 

Do I need to talk about my own condition?

 

There will be times where you will be talking about how your condition affects your life and what you would like to change, however it is up to you what you want to share and how much detail you want to give. All discussions are confidential.

 

Who are the tutors?

 

The course is run by two trained tutors who themselves have long-term conditions.

 

Where are the courses held?

 

The courses are held in well-located community and health care venues, with facilities such as toilets and disabled access at the venue, as well as comfortable chairs and good access to public transport. You are free to stretch your legs, get up and walk around if you need to. It is not a hospital setting.

 

Will there be someone to care for me at the course?

 

You need to be able to care for yourself during the course, as the tutors cannot assist you with personal care.

 

You can bring a carer or assistant if you wish. Please bear in mind that if you are related to your carer (e.g. husband or wife) it may be difficult for you to discuss certain issues freely. This is your time to talk about managing yourself. If you decide you would like your carer to be present, they can either take part as a participant or sit outside the room. Please notify Islington Self- Management Co-ordinator on 020 7527 1189 or Davina Ledermann, Haringey Self-Management Co-ordinator on 020 7527 1707 or email whh-tr.Self-Management@nhs.netbeforehand if you are likely to bring a carer or assistant.

 

I have specific communication requirements can these be accommodated?

All communication requirements can be discussed with Islington Self- Management Co-ordinator on 020 7527 1189 or Davina Ledermann, Haringey Self-Management Co-ordinator on 020 7527 1707 or email whh-tr.Self-Management@nhs.net

We have large-print materials available and BSL interpreters can be arranged.

 

Do you provide transport?

 

We do not normally provide transport however if lack of transport would prevent you from attending, please contact Islington Self- Management Co-ordinator on 020 7527 1189 or Davina Ledermann, Haringey Self-Management Co-ordinator on 020 7527 1707 or emailwhh-tr.Self-Management@nhs.net to discuss your requirements.

 

Do I have to attend every week?

 

Yes, it is advised that you do in order to get the most out of the course. We do understand that there may be sessions you will miss due to appointments or feeling unwell.

 

What do participants say?

 

I really looked forward to coming here every week & meeting other people who inspired me. The tutors conducting EPP were first class.

 

Meeting people has helped me understand more about myself and ways of managing things It has been a well run course and everyone has been very helpful and caring.

 

It has helped me become more aware of my condition and how it affects me, and to feel that I can manage it to some extent through pacing, diet and relaxation techniques.

 

Theres a mix of people with different conditions on the course so its a good leveller.

 

It gave me more information and confidence to do normal things in life.

 

Dates

Thursday
09/11/2017
10.30am-1.00pm
Thursday
16/11/2017
10.30am-1.00pm
Thursday
23/11/2017
10.30am-1.00pm
Thursday
30/11/2017
10.30am-1.00pm
Thursday
07/12/2017
10.30am-1.00pm
Thursday
14/12/2017
10.30am-1.00pm

 

Attendees will be expected to commit to the full set of dates.

 

 

 

 

Rest in Power - Sophie Partridge

Sophie Partridge

 

All staff and volunteers at DAI are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Sophie Partridge; a long-time member & former Trustee. Sophie will be remembered with fondness for her work  including her writing and performing, and her political activism. But mostly Sophie will be remembered for her enthusiasm for life and her smile in any situation. She will be sadly missed by staff and members at DAI, many local people who knew her and the Islington and wider disabled communities whom she entertained and represented so passionately over the years.

Our thoughts and condolences are with her family, friends and all those who mourn her during this difficult time.

 


 

Alternative advice and support in Islington (PDF file download)

 

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