Positive Practice Awards
Positive Practice Awards

East Sussex Rehabilitation Pathway

Inspired to Improve


This service was awarded Bronze for their outstanding commitment to provide a recovery focused service that is delivered with care and compassion around the needs of individuals

The East Sussex Rehabilitation pathway has recently been formed to provide a fresh approach to care, rehabilitation and recovery. 

The pathway enables access to recovery focused care in a form that means this care can be more effectively tailored to individual need. The nature of the pathway means that this care can provided in a flexible and innovative manner, which seeks to re-engage people in the fabric of their community in a meaningful way.

The team is willing to go the extra mile and there is a feeling of enthusiasm, positivity and hope, and they are looking to:

  • Develop a range of extra activities which support positive physical health
  • Replace and replenish equipment for activities across the pathway
  • Use funding as a foundation for new groups
  • In cases of hardship, fund membership

Their nominator said: ‘On visiting the service I really appreciated the amazing work being undertaken by the rehabilitation service at Amberstone. Under the leadership of the ward manager Colin McNeill the team are providing a recovery focused service that is delivered with care and compassion around individual’s needs. 

‘On the afternoon of my visit a patient was leaving the unit to go to live in her own flat. This patient had been in our inpatient services for a number of years and was now well enough to be discharged with the support of East Sussex Rehabilitation Team. My lasting memory of my visit will be seeing the joy on this patient's face as she said thank you and goodbye to the staff who had cared for her on her journey of recovery, but knowing that she would still be supported by our community rehabilitation service as she starts the next chapter of her life. 

‘The East Sussex Rehabilitation Service is a worthy winner of the Inspired to improve Award for their creativity, innovation and the chance to do things differently, making bold decisions in the interests of patients and listens to and comes up with ideas for improvement.'

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