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



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:

Brighton course
Wednesday 5 June – Wednesday 10 July 2019
Brighton & Hove Food Partnership community Kitchen, 113 Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3XG
This course is in collaboration with Brighton & Hove Food Partnership and is only suitable for those who have an interest in learning more about healthy eating. To book please contact Natalie Cooper 01273 267545

Chichester course
Thursday 2 May – Thursday 6 June 2019
10am – 12.30pm
St Paul’s Church Hall, Churchside, Chichester, PO19 6FT
To book please contact Natalie Cooper 01273 267545

Crawley course
Friday 24 May – Friday 28 June 2019
10am – 12.30pm
Crawley Library, Southgate Avenue, Crawley, RH10 6HG
To book please contact Natalie Cooper 01273 267545

Haywards Heath course
Friday 3rd May 2019 – Friday 7th June 2019
Haywards Heath Town Hall, Boltro Road, Haywards Heath, RH16 1BA
To book please contact Natalie Cooper 01273 267545

Horsham course
Dates: Thursday 8 August 2019 – Thursday 12 September 2019
Times: 2pm-4.30pm
Venue: Trafalgar Road Baptist Church, Trafalgar Road, Horsham
To book a place please call Natalie on 01273 267545

Rustington course
Wednesday 24 July 2019 – Wednesday 28 August 2019
The Woodlands Centre, Woodlands Avenue, Rustington
To book contact Natalie Cooper on 01273 267545

Worthing course
Thursday 23 May 2019 – Thursday 27 June 2019
Worthing Museum & Art Gallery, Chapel Road, Worthing
To book please contact Natalie Cooper 01273 267545

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.