About the ESBT Alliance

We’re the East Sussex Better Together (ESBT) Alliance, a partnership of organisations working together to plan and deliver health and care in Eastbourne, Hailsham, Seaford, Hastings, Rother and surrounding areas. By working together, we aim to deliver sustainable health and social care that better meets the needs of local people, offering high quality care at the right time, in the right place.

Our aims are to:

  • Improve the health and wellbeing of the local population
  • Improve care, quality and experience
  • Restore and maintain financial balance within our system

Why are we working together?

The NHS and Local Authorities (Councils) are funded and regulated very differently, which in the past has meant that services have not always worked together in a completely ‘joined up’ way. This is something we’re working hard to transform in the ESBT Alliance area.

By working closely together to plan and deliver health and care services, we aim to deliver integrated (‘joined up’), sustainable care that better meets the needs of local people. This also makes best use of our joint budget and resources, which is particularly important in the face of the financial pressures that each ESBT Alliance partner organisation faces individually. You can read more about our finances here.

Demand for NHS and social care services is increasing rapidly, but the money we have to pay for them is likely to stay about the same. Our population is growing and people are living longer, so demand for health and social care is growing faster than our budget. More and more people require long-term support from both NHS and social care services, so we need to make sure they are provided in a joined-up way.

Our focus is to provide local people with the support they need as early as possible, to help people remain healthy and independent. Our services will be provided by integrated health and care teams, meaning care should be more efficient, personal and delivered close to home – by one system.

Our partners

The Alliance partners are Hastings and Rother Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford CCG, East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, East Sussex County Council and associate partner Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. We work very closely with GP Practices, providers in the independent care sector and voluntary sector, local people, patients, clients and carers.

Sussex and East Surrey Transformation Partnership

Of course sometimes people need to access health and care that stretches beyond the ESBT Alliance patch, for example for specialist care.  We are also working as part of the Sussex and East Surrey Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) on health and care priorities such as mental health and maternity care. Having shared plans and priorities are important to make sure we are approaching improvements to health and care in the most efficient way.

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