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Creating valuable connections

The Locality Link Worker (LLW) team work with frontline health and social care professionals to improve access to community-based support for their clients. They’re well placed to do this because they work closely with voluntary organisations and community groups building links and connections, and developing and implementing activity to Locality Link Workeraddress identified gaps.

The LLWs support colleagues to work with people’s strengths and interests, linking them in to local community services and support to enhance their health and wellbeing. This is called an asset-based approach, and is shown to contribute to increasing self-care, improving health and wellbeing, and in-turn improving health outcomes for local people. It recognises that people are not just passive users of services but have their own strengths and talents that can contribute to their community.

LLWs are part of the Integrated Locality Teams, read on for details of your local LLW, and a real life example of the work they do. Continue reading

Our services explained

Health and social care teams across East Sussex Better Together have collaborated to produce an interactive tool explaining the services and measures we have in place to keep people well and living in their own homes.

Across our six EBST localities (Eastbourne, Hailsham, Seaford, Hastings, Bexhill and Rural Rother), our teams of health and social care workers are working together to find the most effective solutions for local people.

In case you were wondering how ESBT’s services are being integrated successfully, we’ve put together an interactive PDF to explain how the services work together to keep people safe at home. You can use it to learn about crisis management, frailty services, prevention work and rehabilitation after illness or injury.

Regardless of which service is required we have a single point of access for our services through Health and Social Care Connect. Each of the focus areas also has a short video attached to it, which gives more detail about the services provided. Click on the links below to watch a short video on each of these areas:

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ESBT shortlisted for prestigious Health Service Journal awards

The East Sussex Better Together (ESBT) Alliance and ESBT Alliance partner projects have been shortlisted for prestigious national Health Service Journal awards, which recognise innovations and successes in healthcare.

Those shortlisted are:

  1. The East Sussex Better Together (ESBT) Alliance – which brings together prevention work, primary and community care, social care, mental health, acute and specialist care across East Sussex – has been shortlisted for the Improved Partnerships between Health and Local Government Award. By working together, the Alliance has made significant improvements in care pathways across health and social 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 (ESHT); and associate partner Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (SPFT)
  2. ESHT’s Project SEARCH, an NHS Learning Disability Employment Programme, is designed to give young people with learning difficulties or disabilities the skills to gain competitive paid employment. This has been shortlisted for the Improved Partnerships between Health and Local Government Award
  3. ESHT’s Doctors’ Assistants programme for developing non-registered staff to work alongside doctors has been shortlisted for the Workforce Award. This programme has been pioneered at the Trust to help free up doctors so they spend less time on admin duties and more time with patients
  4. SPFT’s i-Rock project in Hastings has been nominated for the Innovation in Mental Health Award. i-Rock is a drop-in centre for young people aged 14-25, where they are able to come and seek support for a number of things including mental health, wellbeing, housing, employment and education. Since opening in July 2016, the service has seen over 370 young people, 35% of whom said that they would not have accessed other services had i-Rock not been there for them.

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Join us at our autumn Shaping Health and Care events

You are invited to have your say on what really matters to you at our upcoming ESBT engagement events.

Listening to local people is one of our top priorities, as you are at the heart of what we do. We are committed to supporting as many people as possible to play their part in transforming health and social care.

One of the best ways that you can get Table discussioninvolved is by attending our Shaping Health and Care (SHC) events. These events bring together a diverse group of local people including patients, voluntary organisations, community groups and ESBT strategic partners and staff to discuss the best ways to meet the health needs of our local areas. Continue reading

ESBT Locality Planning and Delivery Groups

We see our ESBT Alliance localities as the building blocks for how we will transform our local NHS, shaping and delivering services for local people differently in the future.Map ESBT localities

As part of our ambition to create a fully integrated and sustainable health and social care system for local people, we are working to build stronger communities and provide more services closer to home.

We have already established ‘Locality Networks’ as a way to bring together local people, organisations and communities to share knowledge, insight and experience about their locality and the support provided within it.

Our next step is to establish ‘Locality Planning and Delivery Groups’ across our ESBT localities (Eastbourne, Hailsham, Seaford, Hastings, Bexhill and Rural Rother) as a means to enable planning and clinically led decisions at a local level. These groups will bring together GPs, community health and social care, mental health, children’s services, community pharmacy the voluntary sector and others.

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East Sussex collaborative health and wellbeing stakeholder group

Don’t miss your chance to apply for a place on East Sussex’s new collaborative health and wellbeing stakeholder group and take part in strategic planning. Planning and partnerships meeting - roundtable discussion

We are setting up new ways for community representatives to be part of our strategic planning for health and care in East Sussex. The new collaborative health and wellbeing stakeholder group replaces some of the Partnership Boards. Commissioning health and care services and deciding priorities is complex, and having a wide range of views on how things are working across the county can help to set the right strategic direction.

There are 15 seats available on the group for community members from diverse backgrounds who can offer a range of skills, knowledge, experience and abilities. You don’t need to have past experience of being a community representative, as training and support will be provided, but you will need to be able to show how you fulfil the requirements of this new and exciting role.

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Diverse, inclusive, together

Diverse, Inclusive, Together

ESBT staff from across the board have come together to learn from and celebrate a diverse and inclusive workforce.

From 25th September to 1st October, staff from all aspects of health and care were invited to a programme of events to celebrate National Inclusion Week. National Inclusion Week is an annual campaign headed up by Inclusive Employers which aims to highlight the importance of inclusion in the workplace. Continue reading

New treatment for enlarged prostate arrives in Eastbourne

UroLift team with theatre staff at Eastbourne District General Hospital

An innovative new treatment for an enlarged prostate called UroLift System, has been used at Eastbourne DGH, one of the first NHS hospitals in Sussex and Kent to carry out the procedure.

This new minimally invasive treatment acts like curtain tie-backs to hold open the lobes of an enlarged prostate to create a channel from the bladder. Patients experience rapid symptom relief, recover from the procedure quickly, and return to their normal routines with minimal downtime.

An enlarged prostate places pressure on the bladder and urethra (the tube through which urine passes) making it difficult to urinate. It is a very common condition for males over 50.

This new UroLift treatment is performed under a short anaesthetic and involves inserting a permanent implant to hold open the prostate. The traditional surgery called a TURP (transurethral resection of the prostate) is a bigger operation and involves cutting away a section of the prostate with a higher risk of side effects and usually a two night stay in hospital.

Steve Garnett, Consultant Urologist and Specialty Lead said: “It’s great news for men in this area that we can offer this new procedure. It’s a true breakthrough offering men an alternative to drug therapy or more invasive surgery.

“As a Urologist, it’s deeply satisfying to be able to offer men an effective treatment with no risk of sexual dysfunction developing as a result of the treatment. Patients undergoing the procedure will experience rapid symptom relief and recover quickly. Being able to perform this procedure as a day case also means we can perform three times as many procedures allowing us to free up beds for other patients.

“It’s important that men remember that their prostate can increase in size as they get older, but more often these changes are not necessarily a sign of cancer. The increasing size of the prostate can cause bothersome and worrying symptoms. If there are changes such as a difference in the frequency of passing urine, and how long it takes; and especially if men are getting up a lot in the night to go and it’s disturbing their sleep. I would urge men to see their GP and ask to be checked to see if they need treatment.”

The UroLift treatment is one of six innovations hand-picked by the UK Government as a strategically important product for the future of the NHS, as one of a handful of revolutionary healthcare technologies that can improve the UK’s public healthcare system, in a new report and funding mechanism for innovations by the UK Government released in October 2016.

Get your copy of the planning and partnerships report

The feedback report from the July 2017 planning and partnerships workshop is now available to download.

East Sussex Better Together have been reviewing how stakeholders are involved in the strategic planning of health and care services. We have been thinking about how we can improve arrangements to ensure that we make best use of stakeholder’s experiences and expertise in shaping services.

As part of this review, a workshop was held on 7 July 2017 in Hastings, where we invited stakeholders with an interest in the strategic planning of health and care services. The purpose of the workshop was to share ideas and to explore setting up a new stakeholder group. In the weeks since the workshop, we have produced our feedback report which looks at feedback from discussions, other points of interest about how our approach could be improved and gives an idea of how the group would fit within the wider health and wellbeing governance structure.

The planning and partnerships working group is now using this feedback report (PDF), alongside the detailed set of workshop notes, to develop the terms of reference for the stakeholder group and supporting materials.  In the next few weeks we will be sending out information about the recruitment process for the stakeholder group and next steps around its set-up and development.

If you would like to find out more about the stakeholder group or get involved please contact


Strength and balance classes help to prevent falls

Exercise classes run by the ESBT falls and fractures service aimed at increasing stability and coordination are working to significantly reduce the likelihood of falls for those deemed at risk.

Strength and Balance Class

In October 2016, the Joint Community Rehab team (JCR), run by East Sussex Healthcare Trust (ESHT) and East Sussex County Council, launched a programme of strength and balance exercise classes to support those who are at risk of falls. The classes are hosted by local leisure centres and run by their postural stability (PSI) qualified staff and falls practitioners from ESHT.

Leading the way in East Sussex, the programme is funded by East Sussex Better Together and supports many of its main aims such as prevention, integration and supporting community-based care and support. The safe and effective group classes give people the independence they need to manage their own health and wellbeing and help to keep them active in the community, whilst also helping to combat social isolation. Teams from across health and care are working together to provide the service, alongside local leisure organisations, with patients being able to self-refer through a single point of contact (Health and Social Care Connect).

The programme follows recommendations made by Public Health England in the Falls and Fractures Consensus Statement which shows strength and balance exercise provision has previously proven to reduce the rate of falls by up to 32% and the risk of falling by up to 22%. Clients who are very frail, housebound, or who have trouble accessing the exercise classes are offered the Otago programme to do at home, which has also been proven to successfully reduce falls risk. Continue reading