The Empowered Patient Programme (EPP) is designed to take a holistic approach to enabling wellbeing in our members. We have the support of the ROCKET (Respiratory Outreach Corby Kettering and East Northants) team in the north of the county and the RESTART Respiratory Therapy Acute Response Team) in the south of the county who visit our Breathing Space groups regularly and give talks on various medical aspects of COPD. The nurses are also able to discuss any COPD related problems on a 1-1 basis.

What is COPD?

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) makes breathing increasingly more difficult. But it develops slowly over many years and you may not be aware you have it at first. Further information is available from the NHS

What is Breathing Space?

Breathing Space is a partnership between Northamptonshire Carers and professionals and is funded by Nene & Corby Clinical Commissioning Groups. We meet locally twice a month to bring together people with COPD, their Carers and health professionals to provide mutual group support whilst providing medical advice on COPD. This advice ranges from how to manage your condition, how to access other services and reducing loneliness which can often be a by-product of long term health conditions.

The Empowered Patient Programme


The groups provide a wealth of information as it is well know that COPD has an impact in many different areas of health and wellbeing and can have an impact on loved ones or Carers. 

The Empowered Patient Programme is a rolling programme over 6 months. You can dip in & out of modules and do them in any order. Some modules may not be applicable to you and you are free to repeat modules if you like or your needs change.

Whilst these modules are delivered within the Breathing Space groups, we are also making them available online for those who can't attend or if you need information at any time around the clock.

Click on each of the modules below to take you to further information.

Inhaler techniques and medications The lungs and COPD
Management of Exacerbations  Relaxation Techniques
Role of ROCKET & RESTART Sleep Hygiene 
Breathing techniques, control and management of anxiety Getting Active
Exercise and Pulmonary Rehab Smoking Cessation
Home Oxygen Service Looking after our Carers

As you complete a module you tick off your log book. Once all modules are completed you can download a certificate.

This online Expert Patient Programme is designed to complement the groups which are also able to provide friendship, peer support, a light lunch and friendship. The groups are also attended by a host of expert speakers, some of which can be seen here.

Breathing Space & Coronavirus

Our COPD groups are continuing to provide support, albeit virtually. Click here for further information.

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