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Brighton
Health trainers

Health trainers are for people who want to make healthy changes but are not sure where or how to start. They offer one-to-one advice, support and encouragement. To qualify for free support, you need to be over 18, living in Brighton & Hove and interested in committing to one or more of the following:

- eating more healthily

- becoming more physically active

- drinking less alcohol

- quitting smoking

How does it work?

Health-trainers arrange face-to-face meetings with you, in any of a number of venues across the city. They can also offer support by telephone or email.

Once you’ve got in touch, you will be contacted for an initial chat. If you’d like to, we can then arrange a time to meet. We can meet with you up to six times.

Sign up for Health Trainer support

If you are a clinician and would like to find out about how to make a referral to the Health Trainer Service: Make a referral

For more information please contact the Healthy Lifestyles Team:

Telephone: 01273 294589

Email: healthylifestyles@brighton-hove.gov.uk

Weight Management

Beezees Bodies run a wide range of programmes tailor-made both for individuals and families to help people make small changes that make a big difference. Their holistic approach emphasises an understanding of the links between diet, exercise and physical and mental health.

Referrals are made through the Healthy Lifestyles Team:

Telephone: 01273 294589.

Website

Getting active

The Right Track Programme

Run by Possability People in Brighton, The Right Track Programme provides tailored support and guidance to local people who would like to be more physically active. To find out more about the programme and talk to a Community Link Specialist, please contact:

Email: right-track@possabilitypeople.org.uk

Telephone: 01273 069 850

Website

The Healthy Lifestyles Team

The Healthy Lifestyles Team in Brighton and Hove can also support you to access a wide range of local support for you or your family. If you would like to speak to someone about increasing your activity levels or would like to refer someone for support please contact us using the details below.

Sign up for support

Telephone: 01273 294589

Emotional Wellbeing

Brighton and Hove Wellbeing Service offer a mental health service for adults in Brighton and Hove. Click on the link below to find out about this service.

Telephone: 0300 002 0060

Email: BICS.brighton-and-hove-wellbeing@nhs.net

Website

West-Sussex
Wellbeing Advisers/Health Trainers

West Sussex Wellbeing supports people to find local information and services. They offer advice and support o how to make small changes to improve your health and wellbeing, including how to stop smoking, how to become more active and hot to make healthy meals.

For more information or to make a referral visit their website

Or contact the following hubs for further information

Crawley Wellbeing

Telephone: 01293 585317

Email: wellbeing@crawley.gov.uk

If you would like to refer yourself or you are a professional wishing to refer a patient please complete a referral form by clicking on the link below.

Website

Address: K2 Crawley, Pease Pottage Hill, Crawley, RH11 9BQ

Mid Sussex Wellbeing

Telephone: 01444 477191

Email: wellbeing@midsussex.gov.uk

If you would like to refer yourself or you are a professional wishing to refer a patient please complete a referral form by clicking on the link below.

Website

Address: Mid Sussex District Council, Oaklands Road, Haywards Health, RH16 1SS

Horsham Wellbeing

Telephone: 01403 215111

Email: info@horshamdistrictwellbeing.org.uk

If you would like to refer yourself or you are a professional wishing to refer a patient please complete a referral form by clicking on the link below.

Website

Address: Horsham District Council, Parkside, Chart Way, Horsham, West Sussex, RH12 1RL

Weight Management Support

There is free help and support available for adults and children in West Sussex.

For adults with a Body Mass Index (BMI) between 25-35 they are eligible to access a weight management programme run by the Wellbeing team.

BMI calculator

Contact the team here for more information about what is available:

Website

Crawley Wellbeing Telephone: 01293 585317

Horsham Wellbeing Telephone: 01403 215111

Mid-Sussex Wellbeing Telephone: 01444 477191

For adults with a BMI of 40+ (or 35+ with recently diagnosed type 2 diabetes or co-morbidities) they are eligible to contact the ‘Why Weight’ weight management service.

Contact the team here for more information about what is available.

Website

Telephone: 01322 220294

Getting Active

The Right Track Programme

The Right Track Programme run by Possability People provide tailored support and guidance to local people who would like to be more physically active. To find out more about the programme and talk to a Community Link Specialist, please contact:

Email: right-track@possabilitypeople.org.uk

Telephone: 01273 069 850

Website

Wellbeing Service

West Sussex Wellbeing Service also offer support for things like getting your family fitter and doing more regular exercise.

Website

Crawley Wellbeing Telephone: 01293 585317

Horsham Wellbeing Telephone: 01403 215111

Mid Sussex Wellbeing Telephone: 01444 477191

Emotional Wellbeing

Time to Talk 

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)

- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

- Asthma

- Musculoskeletal pain

Living with any of these conditions can 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. A friendly qualified team of therapists and healthcare practitioners work with patients and their nurses and doctors in order to achieve the outcomes they want, for example to:

- Make and sustain healthy lifestyle changes - no matter how big or small.

- Better manage medication.

- Overcome fears, anxieties or low mood related to living with their condition(s).

- Reduce the impact of the condition(s) on work, family life and other activities.

- Improve knowledge and understanding of the condition(s) and related symptoms.

Working closely with a range of other professionals Time To Talk offers a variety of interventions to improve health and wellbeing, such as:

- Phone consultations at a time that suits.

- One-to-one sessions.

- Group work with others who experience the same symptoms.

How To Access

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

Contact Details

Telephone: 01273 666480 (a message can be left outside of working hours and will be responded to the next working day)

Email: sc-tr.ltcreferrals@nhs.net

Online referral

Opening Hours

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

Time to Talk Health service is delivered in venues across West Sussex for anyone aged 18 years+ who needs support living with any of these long-term conditions.

Looking after yourself and caring for your own condition

If you have a musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions, you should be in control of your own health as much as possible, be supported to look after yourself and help manage your own conditions. We do our best to make sure this self-management support (or SMS) is in place so that this can happen.

As a person with health conditions, you and your loved ones and carers make decisions, take actions and care for your health and wellbeing every day. Most of the time it is you who are managing your own health and wellbeing and not a clinician or service. Clinicians, teams, and services should help you to do this as effectively as possible, alongside providing good clinical care. Evidence shows that this works.

Within our service, we run a range of self-help programmes and support, for example in rheumatology, fibromyalgia and pain. We will be providing more information on these programmes soon. In the meantime, if you are interested in attending a self-help group in one of these areas, please contact our team on 0300 303 8063.

Doing regular physical activity can reduce your risk of major illnesses, such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and cancer by up to 50% and lower your risk of early death by up to 30%. It’s free, easy to take, has an immediate effect and you don’t need a GP to get some.

To stay healthy or to improve health, adults need to do two types of physical activity each week: aerobic and strength exercises. How much physical activity you need to do each week depends on your age.

To stay healthy, adults aged 19 and over should try to be active daily and should do:

  • at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity such as cycling or fast walking every week, and strength exercises on two or more days a week that work all the major muscles (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders and arms).

Or

  • 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity, such as running or a game of singles tennis every week, and strength exercises on two or more days a week that work all the major muscles (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders and arms).

A rule of thumb is that one minute of vigorous activity provides the same health benefits as two minutes of moderate activity.

One way to do your recommended 150 minutes of weekly physical activity is to do 30 minutes on 5 days a week.
All adults should also break up long periods of sitting with light activity.

For more ideas about how to get active, visit the One You website.