Dr Singh's Story
Our true strength lies in our people: our teams, leaders, managers and clinicians. They make you get out of bed and keep going. I have fabulous colleagues. Working in the NHS can be challenging, but the calibre of the team here is, quite simply, stunning. I’m proud to lead them.
I have worked as a clinical psychologist with Sussex Partnership for 20 years and have seen a lot of change in that time. We’re now a large provider of services for children and young people and we have the opportunity to work on our vision to become the employer of choice. We still have some work to do, but we’re working hard towards that goal. We have recognised that we need to listen to staff, work closely with them and with the training institutions. We’re committed to getting it right.
We’re also working hard on job plans so that people have enough time and the right support to do the best job they can, and to the best of their ability. This covers all aspects of their working lives, such as the right team, environment, online resources and training. We offer great training opportunities, but there is always room for improvement. It can be challenging to balance the need to deliver the best possible service whilst people are training, but it’s critical to job satisfaction and delivery.
A shared passion
The people I work with need to be passionate about improving the life chances of children and young people. They need to believe in their ability to develop people’s resilience and independence and share their thinking and decisions with the people they care for. The wellbeing of children and young people is at the heart of everything that we do here.
Sussex Partnership have taken a pioneering approach on many fronts, for example, introducing participation workers to work with young people, sharing decision making, our acute care pathways and out of hours services. The standard of our inpatient services is very high and is matched by the quality of our staff.