Expert Patients Programme

Are you a patient living with a long-term health condition?

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The Expert Patients Programme (EPP) is a free self-management course developed for people living with any long-term health condition, such as heart disease, diabetes, asthma, arthritis, multiple sclerosis, depression, back pain, chronic fatigue syndrome etc.

We aim to help you to take more control of your health by learning new skills and techniques to manage your condition better on a daily basis. Amongst other things, the course will explore:

  • How to manage common symptoms
  • Action planning and problem solving
  • Nutrition and Exercise
  • Communication skills
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Medication management
  • Better breathing
  • Dealing with difficult emotions

Not only will the course give you new skills to help you to manage your condition and the emotional changes brought about by your condition, it also provides a great opportunity for you to meet other people who share similar experiences.

The course runs over six weekly sessions, each session lasting 2 and a half hours including a break. Each course is facilitated by fully trained (but not medically qualified) volunteers tutors who themselves are living with a long-term health condition

Coverage

Brighton, Hove, West Sussex

How To Access

You do not need a referral to access this service, simply give us a call for more information or details of courses running in your area. In most cases we would recommend that you have been living with your condition for at least 6 months before attending the EPP.

Contact Details

Brighton & Hove
Natalie Cooper, EPP Coordinator
The Varndene Building
Brighton General Hospital
Elm Grove
Brighton
BN2 3EW
Tel: 01273 267545
Email: sc-tr.epp@nhs.net

West Sussex - North & Mid Sussex
Susan Latter, EPP Coordinator
Address: Horsham Hospital
Hurst Road
Horsham
West Sussex
RH12 2DR
Tel: 01403 227000 Ext 7547
Email: sc-tr.epp@nhs.net

West Sussex – Coastal & West
Natalie Cooper, EPP Coordinator
Address: Room 5, Zachary Merton Hospital
Glenville Road
Rustington
West Sussex
BN16 2DU
Tel: 01903 858002
Email: sc-tr.epp@nhs.net

Opening Hours

Our office hours are Monday – Friday 9am to 5pm. If we are out of the office, there is a 24 hour answerphone and we will endeavour to contact you on the next working day.

How to find us

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More information

Our upcoming course details are as follows:

Brighton and Hove course
Dates: Tuesday 5 September 2017 – Tuesday 10 October 2017
Times: 10.15am-12.45pm
Venue: Jubilee Library, Jubilee Street, Brighton BN1 1GE
To book a place contact Natalie on 01273 267545

Chichester Course
Dates: Thursday 13 July 2017 – Thursday 17 August 2017
Times: 2.00pm - 4.30pm
Venue: St Paul’s Church, Churchside, Chichester, PO19 6FT
To book a place contact Sue 01403 227000 ext.7547

Rustington Course
Dates: Tuesday 25 July 2017 – Tuesday 29 August 2017
Times: 10.00am – 12.30pm (including a break)
Venue: The Woodlands Centre, Woodlands Avenue, Rustington BN16 3HB
To book a place contact Sue on 01403 227000 ext.7547

Would you like to become a Self-Management Volunteer Tutor?

Self-management tutors are vital to the success of the Self-management Programme. Self-management tutors make a real difference to people living with a long-term health condition. Volunteering can be very rewarding and a great confidence booster.

Please see if you meet our essential criteria and how to apply.