Time to Talk Health – supporting people who live with a long-term health condition

Time to Talk Online Self-Referral Form

Time to Talk Health is a NHS Service for residents registered with a West Sussex GP who are in need of support to cope/manage with some of the following long-term health conditions:

  • Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetes.
  • A cardiac (heart) condition.
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary (lung) Disease (COPD).

Living with any of these conditions may be difficult to manage. Patients may become worried, anxious or low in mood, which can lead to deteriorating health. They may benefit from support either to adjust to a new diagnosis or at a later stage as their condition progresses. Our friendly qualified team of therapists and healthcare practitioners work with patients and their families and carers in order to achieve the outcomes they want, for example:

  • Making healthier lifestyle changes – however small or big.
  • Getting the best out of your medication.
  • Overcoming your worries, anxieties or low mood about your health.
  • Reducing the impact of your health on home life, work or other activities.
  • Better knowledge and understanding of your condition and its’ symptoms.

Working closely with a range of other professionals we offer a variety of interventions to improve health and wellbeing, such as:

  • Phone consultations.
  • One-to-one sessions.
  • Online sessions.
  • Group work.

Coverage

West Sussex

How To Access

Patients can contact us directly or ask their GP or other healthcare professional to refer them using the same contact details below.

Contact Details

Opening Hours

Time to Talk Health is available Monday to Friday 8am - 8pm

How to find us

We deliver the Time to Talk Health service in venues across West Sussex for anyone aged 18 years+ who needs support living with any of these long-term conditions. We accept referrals from GPs and other healthcare professionals or patients can contact us directly as above.

More information

  • Time to Talk Offers a range of talking therapy treatments and with you, decide which one will be of most benefit to you.
  • Diabetes UK Offers a range of online information, booklets to download, practical advice e.g. recipes, forums. There is a helpline staffed by trained counsellors, with knowledge of diabetes.
  • Local Diabetes UK support groups West Sussex Downs Monthly support group meetings (rotate between Steyning, Sompting and Lancing) On occasion will invite speakers e.g. diabetes nurses. Facebook group.
  • Brighton Area Diabetes Group Social events, general meetings and fundraising events Facebook group.
  • Chichester and District Group Monthly meetings, with guest speakers, social events. Based at Diabetes Centre at St Richards Hospital. Regular newsletter with information about events, updates on research/relevant advances etc.
  • Carers UK A national charity for carers providing support and advice; has a helpline and online forum.
  • The wellbeing hubs A free, friendly and impartial service which comes from your local authority, the NHS and other partners, where you can find out more about local activities and support services.
  • Health Coaches A telephone-based behavioural coaching service that has been set up to support patients with long term conditions to improve their ability to self-manage. For people registered to Horsham & Mid Sussex GP practices.
  • Mind in Brighton and Hove offer some services in West Sussex, including participation services, peer mentoring and mental health advocacy (IMHA, Community and Children/Young Persons).
  • Carers Support West Sussex County wide service offering practical advice, information and emotional support (including counselling, online and telephone support) , support groups, social events and access to low cost activities. Details of specific support groups can be found via the website.
  • British Heart Foundation offers a range of information and booklets about heart conditions and living with heart conditions. There is a helpline staffed by Cardiac Nurses and Information Support Officers. There are also details of support groups.
  • British Lung Foundation offers information about lung conditions and living with lung conditions. There is a helpline available and details of local ‘Breathe Easy’ support groups.
  • Expert Patient Programme This is a free 6 session self-management course developed for people living with any long-term health condition. It runs in a variety of locations across West Sussex and is run by Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust.