Author Archives: East Sussex Better Together

Stay warm and well this winter

As the nights draw in and the temperatures drop, our health can really take a hit. It’s particularly important to look after ourselves during the winter and to check in on friends, neighbours and relatives who might be more vulnerable.

Here are our top tips for staying warm and well this winter. Continue reading

Choose self care for life and visit your health experts on the high street

Self Care Week 2018 took place on 12 – 18 November and ESBT partners were encouraging local people to visit their nearest Healthy Living Pharmacy first for advice on minor conditions. Self Care Week is an annual campaign to help people understand how to take better care of their own physical health and mental wellbeing.

A visit to a GP is sometimes unavoidable but many people visit their GP and receive medicines on prescription when they could have visited their pharmacy for advice or cared for themselves at home. Continue reading

Shaping Health and Care autumn 2018 – save the date

This autumn, our free Shaping Health and Care events are taking place in Battle and Eastbourne.

Interactive workshop topics will include digital access to health and care; how you can help us help you this winter and finding support in your community through social prescribing.

You’ll also hear the latest developments in local health and care from senior leaders and have a chance to find out more about services available near you.

The events are taking place on:

Wednesday 7 November, 1330-1615 at Battle Memorial Hall

Thursday 15 November, 1330-1615 at Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne

Keep an eye out for booking information coming soon to confirm your place.

See you there!

Money advice service is helping people take back control of their finances and their health

Money can’t buy happiness, but when money becomes a worry, it can have a serious effect on health and wellbeing.

Even if you’re in generally good health, concerns about finances can cause sleepless nights, take their toll on relationships and lead to anxiety. For those in the community who are more vulnerable, money worries can lead to a vicious cycle of deteriorating health and difficulty managing daily tasks like household bills.

An East Sussex Better Together service is helping local people from some of the most deprived areas of East Sussex to take back some control of their finances and improve their health and wellbeing. Now in its fifth year, the ESBT Benefits and Debt Advice Project (BDAP) enables people to access their correct benefit entitlements and offers free, expert advice on managing debt to those with long-term physical or mental health conditions. Continue reading

Buy your medicines over the counter this summer and beyond – it’s easier, quicker and cheaper

Did you know that it costs the NHS more than £35 to prescribe antihistamines through a GP appointment, but you can buy your own over the counter at a pharmacy for just 99p?

Many common summer conditions – including hay fever, travel sickness or an upset stomach – can be managed at home using medicines bought over the counter at our local community pharmacy. You won’t need to visit your GP for a prescription so it’s easier, quicker and cheaper and frees up millions of pounds for NHS services such as cancer treatments and GP appointments. Continue reading

East Sussex Better Together’s ‘Health Promoting Trust’ project is leading the way in preventative healthcare

Health Promoting TrustEast Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust is leading the way in integrated, preventative healthcare as a ‘Health Promoting Trust’. This means staff are receiving specialist training to support positive mental and physical wellbeing in everything they do.

The aim is for all frontline staff to receive ‘Making Every Contact Count’ training, which over 2,000 staff have already completed. The training equips staff with the skills to make the most of every contact to support people in making positive lifestyle changes, and reduce their risk of preventable long-term health conditions.

The Health Promoting Trust project involves close working with social care staff and One You East Sussex to host events for local people, share knowledge and agree on how people can be referred for more preventative healthcare advice. It’s also working hard to improve health and wellbeing for staff.

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Introducing ‘Grub Hub’ and how food is helping recovery in East Sussex

Grub HubGrub Hub is a café and safe space in Hastings run by volunteers in recovery, and it’s going from strength to strength.

Run by enthusiastic volunteers from East Sussex Recovery Alliance (ESRA), Grub Hub supports people in recovery from alcohol and substance misuse to lead healthier lives, by sharing knowledge on the importance of diet in recovery, helping people develop their cooking skills, and creating a place to share knowledge about food and nutrition.

The project began in August 2017, when ESRA were awarded a grant of £9,617 from the Healthy Hastings and Rother Health Inequalities Small Grant Fund. This scheme awards funding to voluntary sector and community organisations in Hastings and Rother to improve health and wellbeing, access to local healthcare and other support services. Grub Hub is an example of this funding being used to create innovative new opportunities for local people. Continue reading

A trip down memory lane: share your stories of the NHS

NHS70We have all experienced NHS services in one way or another, or know a loved one who has been helped by the NHS in a time of need. On 5 July 2018, NHS organisations across the ESBT Alliance will celebrate 70 years of the National Health Service. It’s the perfect opportunity to look back at how far healthcare has come, the achievements and advances in science and technology, and to show our gratitude to the members of staff who dedicate their time to looking after others. Continue reading

Improving access to GP services – what did you tell us?

Survey ResultsEastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford CCG and Hastings and Rother CCG are the ESBT partner organisations responsible for commissioning (buying) the majority of health services for local people. We are committed to making sure that everyone has easier access to GP services including appointments on weekday evenings and at weekends – this is called extended access.

In January this year we carried out a 3 week survey about extended access. We asked you when you would like to be able to book extended access GP appointments, where you’d be willing to travel to these services and your views on alternatives to face-to-face consultations with your GP. Continue reading

Hastings homeless charity wins £30,000 in funding and national award for excellence


Local charity, The Seaview Project, will receive £30,000 in funding as part of a national award for excellence.

The charity, which improves the quality of life for homeless and insecurely housed people in one of the most deprived areas in England, beat more than 350 UK organisations to win one of eight 2018 GSK IMPACT Awards. The awards recognise excellent work to improve people’s health and wellbeing and winners also benefit from expert support and development from The King’s Fund. Continue reading