Have a say in the future of mental health services in your area

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is inviting local people to attend an engagement event next month and share their views which will help shape the future of mental health and learning disability services across the county.

Sussex Partnership provides specialist mental health, learning disability and prison healthcare services for all ages across Sussex, and children’s mental health services in Hampshire. 

The Trust developed its current organisational strategy, ‘Our 2020 Vision’, back in 2015 and is now looking to review and refresh this strategy with the support of the local community, people who use its services, as well as their families and carers. 

Since the last strategy was written, Sussex Partnership has received positive feedback from the Care Quality Commission (CQC), with a rating of ‘good’ overall and ‘outstanding’ for caring. The Trust has also developed its Clinical Strategy, a plan written in collaboration with patients, families and carers, which outlines significant changes that can be made to help improve the quality of care provided to local communities.

Sam Allen, Chief Executive for Sussex Partnership, said: “Collaboration is, quite rightly, an important theme of the recently published NHS Long Term Plan. This is about our relationship with the people who use our services and their families, our staff and other organisations we work with in partnership across the health and social care system. We want to give everyone a voice in shaping our vision for the future. This will help us deliver the best possible care and treatment to the patients, families and local communities we serve.

“You do not need to have used mental health services to attend one of the engagement events. Everyone’s views count and your ideas and feedback will help us to create and plan for the future of our services.”

The public engagement events will take place on Tuesday 12 February at Eastbourne International Lawn Tennis Centre from 2-4pm, and Wednesday 27 February at Brighthelm Centre, Brighton from 9-11am. To book your place, go to https://bit.ly/2sjNCQ2 

If you're unable to make it to an event but would like to send us your comments, you can do so through our short online survey