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 course
Tuesday 19 February 2019 – Tuesday 26 March 2019
2pm-4.30pm
Jubilee Library, Jubilee Street, Brighton
To book a place contact Natalie on 01273 267545 ext.3567

Chichester course
Thursday 2 May – Thursday 6 June 2019
10am – 12.30pm
St Paul’s Church Hall, Churchside, Chicester, PO10 6FT
To book a place contact Sue on 01403 227000 ext.7547

Crawley course
Friday 24 May – Friday 28 June 2019
10am – 12.30pm
Crawley Library, Southgate Avenue, Crawley, RH10 6HG
To book a place contact Sue on 01403 227000 ext.7547

Haywards Heath course
Friday 3rd May 2019 – Friday 7th June 2019
10am-12.30pm
Haywards Heath Town Hall, Boltro Road, Haywards Heath, RH16 1BA
To book a place contact Natalie on 01273 267545 ext.3567

Horsham course
Thursday 25 April – Thursday 30 May 2019
1.30pm – 4pm
Trafalgar Road Baptist Church, Trafalgar Road, Horsham, RH12 2QL
To book a place contact Sue on 01403 227000 ext.7547

Hove course
Wednesday 10 April – Wednesday 15 May 2019
2pm-4.30pm
Bishop Hannington Church, Nevill Avenue, Hove, BN3 7NH
To book a place contact Natalie on 01273 267545 ext.3567

Henfield course
Wednesday 6 March – Wednesday 10 April 2019
2pm – 4.30pm
The Henfield Hall, Coopers Way, Henfield, BN5 9DB
To book a place contact Sue on 01403 227000 ext.7547

Worthing course
Thursday 28 February 2019 – Thursday 4 April 2019
10am-12.30pm
Worthing Museum & Art Gallery, Chapel Road, Worthing
To book a place contact Natalie on 01273 267545 ext.3567

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.