Expert patients are a virtue

14th January 2016

Tenants of Peaks & Plains Housing Trust have “highly recommended” a course that is underpinned by the Caring Together approach.

The trust invited members of its People’s Equality Forum – many of whom have long-term health conditions – to take part in an Expert Patients Programme run by Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CWP) in October – December 2015. The course helps people to manage conditions such as heart failure, serious breathing problems and diabetes.


The course at the trust’s Macclesfield headquarters went down a storm with participants.

One course participant said: “I found this course very rewarding, with lots of helpful hints, it helped to have very friendly trainers who know how we felt.”

Course leader and CWP expert patient programme leader Toni Stokes said: “The programme went really well and the participants were all very positive about their experiences. It was the first time we’d held a course jointly with Peaks & Plains Housing Trust and I look forward to working together with them on further projects helping out people under their care.”

The course is funded by NHS Eastern Cheshire, South Cheshire and Vale Royal CCGs.

Dr Paul Bowen, chair of NHS Eastern Cheshire CCG, said: “The programme is a great example of Caring Together in action because it’s all about partners collaborating to empower people to take the best possible care of themselves. This helps reduce avoidable visits to hospital or the GP surgery.”

Click here for more information on the programme.

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