A single health and care integration programme for East Sussex

Over the last few years East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, East Sussex County Council, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust, and our East Sussex Clinical Commissioning Groups* have been working closely together, and with wider partners, through East Sussex Better Together (ESBT) and Connecting 4 You (C4Y) to improve population health and wellbeing and reduce health inequalities, by breaking down barriers between health and social care to deliver the right services, in the right places, at the right time. Continue reading

Public consultation on proposals for Children’s Services Early Help

Take part in the consultation, closing date 29 July, 2019

The draft Early Help Strategy Building Stronger Families sets out East Sussex County Council Children’s Services proposal to invest in Early Help from 2020-2023, and the proposed changes to current services.

The council’s proposal is to fund and provide Children’s Services Early Help that supports the most vulnerable families and reduces child safety concerns, within available resources.

You can share your views on the proposal by completing the survey on the East Sussex County Council Consultation Hub.

For information, please contact: 01273 336626, earlyhelp.consultation@eastsussex.gov.uk.


Share your views on East Sussex County Council’s proposal to stop the subsidy for meals in the community

Meals in the community services enable people to have hot, chilled or frozen meals delivered to their home on a daily or weekly basis.

At the moment, East Sussex County Council (ESCC) pays a subsidy towards the cost of meals for some people. The subsidy is £4.10 per meal and it is not means tested. ESCC are now proposing to stop paying this subsidy, which would mean that people would pay the full cost of their meal if they wanted to carry on using this sort of service. Continue reading

Your priorities for health and care

Attendees at an engagement event share their viewsOver the past few months, the eight Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) within Sussex and East Surrey have engaged with and listened to over 850 local residents, patients and colleagues to gather views and feedback on the NHS Long Term Plan. This feedback will be used to develop our local plans for health and care. Continue reading

Community nurses welcomed into St Mary’s House by social care colleagues

Conversation around a tableIn Eastbourne, nursing and social care teams have come together to trial working from a shared base for the first time.

The East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust District Nursing Team has moved to join Neighbourhood Support Team colleagues from East Sussex County Council at St Mary’s House in Eastbourne. Occupational Therapy, mental health and Health and Social Care Connect teams are already based within the building. Continue reading

Community pharmacists supporting patients leaving hospital

Transfer of Care Around Medicines logoIt can be difficult to remember all the information you’re given about medications whilst you’re in hospital, and when some patients leave hospital they can need extra support taking their prescribed medicines. This may be because their medicines have changed or they need a bit of help taking them safely and effectively. Delays in communication between hospitals and community pharmacies can also lead to errors and inaccurate prescriptions.

In April, a new way of working in East Sussex will improve communications between hospitals and community pharmacists, and will enable people to get help with their medicines more quickly after they leave hospital. Continue reading