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Living Well Programme

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

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The Living Well Programme 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 such as pain, fatigue, stress, anxiety, isolation, depression, physical limitations, shortness of breath and poor sleep
  • Goal setting and problem solving
  • Healthy eating
  • Physical activity
  • Communication skills
  • Accessing NHS services and working with your Healthcare team
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Positive thinking
  • Managing medications
  • Breathing exercises
  • Apps & online resources
  • Budget management

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 two hours (Online Course) or two-and-a-half hours (Community Course), including a break. Each course is facilitated by fully trained (but not medically qualified) volunteer tutors who themselves are living with a long-term health condition.

  • Service Location:
    • West Sussex
    • Hove
    • Brighton
  • How To Access:

    You do not need a referral to access this service, simply email us on sc-tr.livingwell@nhs.net or give us a call for more information or to book a place. Alternatively, you can complete this referral and self-referral form. In most cases we would recommend that you have been living with your condition for at least six months before attending the Living Well Programme.

    Online course dates

    Booking on our courses is essential. Contact the team on sc-tr.livingwell@nhs.net to reserve your space.

    Community courses


    Wednesday 11 October – 15  November 2023, 2pm – 4.30pm

    Location: Woodlands Centre, Rustington, BN16 3HB

    Volunteer with us!

    We are looking for more volunteer tutors to help us deliver the Living Well Programme.

    Further information about the role, the essential criteria for applying, and an application form are available from Self-Management Tutor Criteria (sussexcommunity.nhs.uk).

    If you have any questions, please contact us by emailing sc-tr.livingwell@nhs.net or calling 01403 620448.

  • Contact Details:

    Email: sc-tr.livingwell@nhs.net

    Brighton, Hove & Coastal West Sussex
    Tel: 01273 267545

    West Sussex – West, North & Mid Sussex
    Susan Latter, Living Well Coordinator
    Tel: 01403 620448
    Mob: 07766 471688

  • 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:

    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are currently unable to run the face-to-face Living Well Programme. However we are now able to offer an online version of the course via MS Teams. Please contact the team to express your interest in attending the online course, or to be added to the waiting list for face-to-face courses when they resume.

    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

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