EMPOWER is the name for the Expert Patient's Programme in Hull. It is a six week course which runs for 2 & 1/2 hours once a week.

The sessions are run by tutors who have been through the programme and also have an ongoing illness.

Come along and listen, share experiences and discuss issues.

Empower is a free self-management course for people who have long term health conditions and run by volunteer tutors who are managing their own conditions.

Anyone aged 18+ with a long term condition. Topics discussed over the six week period, each session lasts up to 2 & ½ hours (1 session per week).

 Sessions include: 

  • Dealing with pain and extreme tiredness (fatigue)
  • Goal setting / Action planning
  • Dealing with emotions and using your mind
  • Coping with feelings of depression, anger and frustration
  • Relaxation techniques and exercises
  • Communicating with family, friends and healthcare professionals
  • Problem solving
  • Better breathing
  • Healthy eating and nutrition
  • Planning for the future
  • Managing your symptoms and medication

The programme is designed to give you, the patient, more power and control of your own health condition. Previous participants are highly positive about the effects the programme makes to their daily lives. They are supplied with ways to help themselves, giving them confidence and a real sense of optimism for the future.

People with different conditions share many of the same problems. The social aspect of the course is a key to many of the participant’s success.


For more information, or to apply to be a volunteer, contact the Empower Coordinator on 01482 222220 or e-mail chcp.carersinfo@nhs.net


If you would like would like me to come and discuss the EMPOWER Programme with members of staff, or groups etc., I am more than happy to do so.