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


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
Tel: 01273 267545

West Sussex - North & Mid Sussex
Susan Latter, EPP Coordinator
Address: Horsham Hospital
Hurst Road
West Sussex
RH12 2DR
Tel: 01403 227000 Ext 7547

West Sussex – Coastal & West
Natalie Cooper, EPP Coordinator
Address: Room 5, Zachary Merton Hospital
Glenville Road
West Sussex
BN16 2DU
Tel: 01903 858002

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

Contact us at the details above for more information

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More information

Our upcoming course details are as follows:

Bognor course
Dates: Wednesday 4 October 2017 – Wednesday 8 November 2017
Times: 2pm-4.30pm
Venue: The Regis Centre, Belmont Street, Bognor Regis, PO21 1BL
To book a place contact Natalie on 01273 267545

Brighton and Hove courses
Dates: Wednesday 1 November 2017 –Wednesday 6 December 2017
Times: 2pm-4.30pm
Venue: Bishop Hannington Church, Nevill Avenue, Hove, BN3 7NH
To book a place contact Natalie on 01273 267545

Crawley course
Dates: Wednesday 25 October – Wednesday 29 November 2017
Times: 2pm-4.30pm
Venue: Southgate Medical Group, Brighton Road, Crawley, RH10 6TE
To book a place contact Sue on 01403 227000 ext.7547

Littlehampton course
Dates: Thursday 2 November – Thursday 7 December 2017
Times: 2pm-4.30pm
Venue: Look & Sea Centre, Surrey Street, Littlehampton, BN17 5AW
To book a place contact Natalie on 01273 267545

Shoreham by Sea course
Dates: Thursday 26 October 2017 – Thursday 30 November 2017
Times: 2pm-4.30pm
Venue: Ropetackle Arts Centre, Little High Street, Shoreham by Sea, BN43 5EG
To book a place contact Natalie on 01273 267545

Worthing course
Dates: Tuesday 17 October – Tuesday 21 November 2017
Time: 2pm–4.30pm
Venue: Heene Community Centre, 122 Heene Road, Worthing, BN11 4PL
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.