Self-help course designed to give patients support

The Steyning Centre

The Steyning Centre

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A FREE course to help people who live with long-term conditions has returned to Steyning for the first time in more than five years.

The Expert Patients Programme (EPP) is available to adults living with conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, heart disease, MS, ME, depression, anxiety and chronic pain.

The Sussex Community Trust course aims to help people develop new life-skills to help them manage their condition more effectively and deal better with day-to-day life.

It also offers people an opportunity to meet others in similar situations to their own.

Sue Latter, EPP administrator, said: “Self-management is seen as an integral, even central, part of the system of care provided to people with chronic conditions.

“The EPP is based on developing patients’ confidence and motivation to use their own skills, information and professional services to take effective control of life with a chronic condition.”

The six-week course is run by two qualified volunteer tutors who also live with long-term conditions. It focuses on self-management and not on specific health conditions, and group sizes are usually between 10 to 15 people.

Topics covered include symptom management, communication, relaxation, action planning and problem solving, dealing with difficult emotions, nutrition and exercise, medication and learning how to get the most out of life.

The course will take place at The Steyning Centre, Fletcher’s Croft, on Wednesdays, 10am to 12.30pm, from October 2 to November 6. Refreshments will be provided during a break in the seasion.

Anyone aged over 18 suffering a long-term condition can attend and people do not have to be referred by their GP.

To book a place, contact Sue Latter on 01403 227000 ext 7547 or email susan.latter@nhs.net for more details.