Joining up health and social care in East Sussex
This website brings you the latest news on the work of the East Sussex Health and Social Care Partnership to join up health and social care in our county.
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Breaking down barriers between health and social care
Over the last few years NHS and social care partners* in our county 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.
Thanks to this work we’re seeing more treatment, care and support being delivered where people want it – in their own homes or locally in their community, by teams of GPs, nurses, therapists, social workers and proactive care practitioners from both the NHS and adult social care.
This shift in the way we provide health and care means that many people are avoiding hospital altogether. And when they do need planned or urgent hospital care they’re able to see clinicians and receive treatment more quickly and spend fewer unnecessary days in hospital, with better support when they go home.
Building on these successes
To build on these successes and strengthen our work across the county, we now plan to bring the two East Sussex programmes (ESBT and C4Y) together, to establish a single health and care programme across the whole of East Sussex.
By working in such a joined-up way, we believe we’re able to serve the whole of East Sussex even more effectively. Read our news article on the move to a single programme.
We’ll continue to monitor and develop our established projects, initiatives and services, and we’ll also work on new ideas to further improve the health and wellbeing of local people right across East Sussex.Primary Care
Of course sometimes people need to access health and care that stretches beyond the East Sussex, for example for specialist care. We are also working as part of the Sussex Health and Care Partnership on health and care priorities like mental health and maternity care. Having shared plans and priorities are important to make sure we’re approaching improvements to health and care in the most efficient way.