Improving mental health  

services in West Sussex

Working with you to improve mental health services in West Sussex

Final proposals approved

Our proposals to improve mental health inpatient services in West Sussex for adults, older people and those with dementia have now been formally approved.

These proposals were subject to a formal 12-week public consultation between July and October 2019.  Responses to the consultation were independently analysed and we used the finding to revise our original proposals so we could address the issues raised.

The revised proposals and how we arrived at our final decisions are set out in a comprehensive Decision Making Business Case (DMBC) document. This is supported by the public consultation document and the full analysis and feedback report.

The DMBC document has now been scrutinised and approved by NHS England and NHS Improvement, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust Board of Directors and the West Sussex Clinical Commissioning Group Governing Body

As the final part of the governance and assurance process, the plans were also considered by the West Sussex Adult and Social Care Scrutiny Committee on Wednesday 24 February. 

The Chairman recommended that the committee supported the proposals, in particular recognising how we responded to the issues raised during consultation and noting the development of the centre of excellence for dementia. 

However, it requested that we report back later in 2021 to assure the committee regarding services for older people with mental health needs in west of the county, measures to continue to address identified transport issues and implementation of plans. 

We will now begin implementing our proposals in two stages from Monday 1 March. The work will be completed by February 2022. A full implementation timetable is available in the DMBC document.

The DMBC document is published in the Final Proposals and Implementation section below. It is accompanied by 

• a full analysis and feedback report from the consultation

• press release issued to local media, and 

• a summary of our final proposals which has been sent to all those who contributed to the consultation and other interested parties.


COVID-19 delays

We apologise for the delays in announcing the results of the public consultation.

Unfortunately, this process has taken longer than anticipated because we made the decision in March 2020 to put this work on hold as health and care partners responded to the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic early in 2020.