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 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, Horsham

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 Living Well Programme.

Contact Details

Brighton & Hove
Natalie Cooper, Living Well Coordinator
The Varndene Building
Brighton General Hospital
Elm Grove
Tel: 01273 267545

West Sussex - North & Mid Sussex
Susan Latter, Living Well Coordinator
Address: Horsham Hospital
Hurst Road
West Sussex
RH12 2DR
Tel: 01403 620448

West Sussex – Coastal & West
Natalie Cooper, Living Well 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

Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, Living Well Programme face-to-face courses are currently suspended. An online version of the course will be available soon. Please contact the service to express your interest and be added to the waiting list.

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

Online Course Dates

Every Tuesday from 20 October until 24 November, 10am – 12pm each week

Every Monday from 2 November until 7 December, 2pm – 4pm each week

Every Wednesday from 11 November until 16 December, 10am – 12pm each week

Every Friday from 13 November until 18 December, 10am – 12pm each week

Booking is essential. Contact the team on to reserve your space.

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Living Well Programme face-to-face courses are currently suspended. Please contact the service if you would like to be added to the waiting list for a community course once they are back up and running.