Our guest speaker ( Sept 2010 ) was Sue Arnold who is co-ordinator / tutor for the expert patient group.
Sue explained that the expert patient is a NHS self management group for individuals with long term health conditions.
The aim of the group is to help people improve their quality of life by learning some new skills so that the health condition can be managed more effectively. Some of these skills include managing your symptoms, managing pain, dealing with stress, anxiety etc, etc.
Anyone 18 years or older with a long term health problem can participate. It is a fun course with a serious message.
The course consists of two and half hour sessions over 6 weeks and the majority of people who complete the course feel more positive and confident.
The courses are available throughout Gwent and are free of charge.