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 227000 Ext 7547

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

Our upcoming course details are as follows:

New one day course
Venue: Jubilee Library, Jubilee Street, Brighton BN1 1GE
Date: Thursday 19 March 2020
Times: 10:30am-16:30pm

Horsham course
Date: Monday 20 January 2020 - Monday 24 February 2020
Time: 14:00pm - 16:30pm
Venue: Wheelchair Services Room 2, Horsham Hospital, Hurst Road, Horsham RH12 2DR
To book a place, please call Sue on 01403 227000 ext 7547

Burgess Hill course
Date: Friday 7 February 2020 - Friday 13 March 2020
Time: 10:00am - 12:30pm
Venue: Burgess Hill Town Council, 96 Church Walk, Burgess Hill RH15 9AS
To book a place, please call Sue on 01403 227000 ext 7547

Bognor course
Date: Wednesday 26 February 2020 - Wednesday 1 April 2020
Time: 10:00am - 12:30pm
Venue: Arun Leisure Centre, Felpham Way, Bognor PO22 8ED
To book a place, please call Natalie on 01273 267545

Shoreham course
Date: Friday 28 February 2020 - Friday 3 April 2020
Time: 14:00pm - 16:30pm
Venue: Ropetackle Arts Centre, Little High Street, Shoreham BN43 5EG
To book a place, please call Natalie on 01273 267545

Crawley course
Date: Tuesday 3 March 2020 - Tuesday 7 April 2020
Time: 10:00am - 12:30pm
Venue: Crawley Library, Southgate Avenue, Crawley RH10 6HG
To book a place, please call 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.