Support with long-term conditions: Time To Talk Health

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

  • Type 1 or type 2 diabetes;
  • A cardiac condition;
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Living with any of these conditions may be difficult to manage. You may become worried, anxious or low in mood, which can lead to deteriorating health. You might benefit from support either to adjust to a new diagnosis or at a later stage as your condition progresses.

The friendly qualified team of specialist therapists and healthcare practitioners work with you and your families and carers in order to achieve the outcomes you want, for example:

  • Making and sustaining healthy lifestyle changes.
  • Compliance with medication.
  • Overcoming fears, anxieties or low mood related to living with a health condition.
  • Reducing the impact of the condition on work, family life and other activities.
  • Improved education and understanding of the condition and related symptoms.

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

  • phone consultations.
  • one-to-one sessions.
  • online sessions.
  • group work.

How to access Time To Talk Health

Time to Talk Health is available 8am-8pm Monday to Friday in venues across West Sussex for anyone aged 18 years+ who needs support living with any of these long-term conditions.

As this is a new pilot service, there are very short waiting times for patients and specialised clinicians are ready to offer assessments now.

Referrals are accepted from GPs and other healthcare professionals or patients can contact TTT Health directly as follows:

Time to Talk Health is provided by Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust and is an expansion of the existing Time to Talk service.

“My diabetes has also changed- my mood has changed because I have control of my sugar better than I ever had done. I’ve got the depressed attitude out of the way and I can manage the diabetes better. My diabetes practice nurse at the surgery now listens and understands why it is challenging. And if it hadn’t been for her, I wouldn’t be talking to you. The two of you have worked together really well”
Time to Talk Health Patient