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Visit of Japanese academics to Kingston CCG Expert Patients Programme

Visit of Japanese academics to Kingston CCG Expert Patients Programme
29 August 2018

Kingston CCG was delighted to recently host a visit by two Japanese academics and their interpreter, who were here to learn about the Expert Patients Programme (EPP)* - a free self-management course for patients with long-term health conditions that the CCG has been successfully running for 10 years.

Our visitors, Ms Kaoru Yamada, Lecturer at Yamagata Prefectural University of Health Sciences, and Ms Yuki Makino, Associate Professor of the Creative Engineering Programme at the Nagoya Institute of Technology, wanted to learn about the course as they were considering introducing it in Japan. 

During their visit, they participated in a mock session, met with volunteer course tutors who were all previous course participants, and received a talk with questions and answers from Tonia Michaelides, Managing Director, Kingston and Richmond CCGs.  

Ms Kaoru Yamada said, “Learning about the Expert Patients Programme in Kingston has been very informative.  We were particularly interested to hear about its impact on the people who attend the course and the local healthcare economy.  We also enjoyed the humour that the group displayed during the session.”  

Hans G Schrauder, EPP Manager, Kingston CCG, said, “It was a privilege to share our experience with others who are looking to introduce the course.  It is open to anyone with a long-term health condition and participants get to learn skills and tips in how to manage the various aspects of their condition – including fatigue, nutrition, medication and problem solving.  It is also offered free of charge.”

If you would like to know more about the course, visit our website   

Or contact Hans G Schrauder in any of the following ways:


Kingston CCG

2nd floor

Thames House,

180 High Street


TW11 8HU


Telephone 020 39419857 



*The Expert Patients Programmes is provided under license from Stanford University and is based on the Stanford University Chronic Diseases Self-Management Course.


Kingston Clinical Commissioning Group, 2nd floor, Thames House,
180 High Street, Teddington, TW11 8HU
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