As we transition from our 150-week East Sussex Better Together (ESBT) programme to the new ESBT Alliance arrangement we continue to transform health and social care in East Sussex, bringing together prevention work, primary and community care, social care, mental health, acute and specialist care.

The Alliance is made up of five local partners Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford CCG, Hastings and Rother CCG, East Sussex County Council, East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust and associate partner Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. We also work closely with GP practices and other organisations providing health and care to our local populations.

By working together, we have already begun to make significant improvements in care pathways across health and social care and you can read more about the raft of improvements we’ve made on this website – such as Health and Social Care Connect (HSCC) and integrated locality teams.

To allow for the transformation we now need to build a new model of accountable care – through the ESBT Alliance – that integrates our whole health and social care system so that we can make best use of the £850m we spend every year to meet the health and care needs of the people of East Sussex.

April 2017 marked the beginning of our shadow year to test out the most effective ways of working together to provide the best and most sustainable services for local people.

Plans for closer health and care integration were given the green light by the ESBT Alliance partners in July 2017 with an aim to strengthen this Alliance by April 2018 and work towards a single and health care organisation for the future.

You can find out more about accountable care in East Sussex in this short video:       

Why do we need it?

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.

The vision

Our shared ambition is to develop a fully integrated health and social care system in East Sussex by 2018, ensuring every patient or service user enjoys proactive, joined up care that supports them to live as independently as possible and achieve the best possible outcomes.

We’ve made some short videos explaining more about the ESBT Alliance (accountable care in East Sussex) – click on the links below to find out about our inspiration and aims: