Engagement

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Now that the NHS Long Term Plan has been published, now is the right time for us to talk with our communities about what the areas are that we need to focus on to ensure services remain sustainable and right for patients.

These discussions will build on what we have already heard through our Big Health and Care Conversation across the area, and help us think about how we use the available money for health and care in the best possible way: We can do anything, but not everything”.

We have been talking to members of the public, patients and colleagues across Sussex and East Surrey about the FUTURE of health and care:

Facing up to our challenges
Understanding need
Transforming services
Unwarranted variation – ensuring this does not happen
Resources and how we use them most effectively
Equality of access and care for our diverse population

We have held a number of events across Sussex and East Surrey, and spoken to hundreds of people in Haywards Heath, Uckfield, Bexhill and further afield. We also attended a number of local events to engage and communicate with the local population on the priorities and ambitions for the years ahead. In addition, an online survey provided opportunities to gather wider views and feedback.

Click here to read a summary report of the priorities you have identified so far. And click here for the full report.

We want to hear the views, experience and ideas of patients, public, staff, volunteers and carers. We want the local plans to be co-produced with as many different people as possible to make sure they truly reflect the needs of our population. That's why we are now entering 'phase two' of our engagement and going out to groups in the local community to find out what matters to them.

Our Population Health Check

To help develop the local plan, doctors, specialists and clinicians have come together across Sussex and East Surrey to develop a 'Population Health Check'. They have looked at clinical evidence, patient experience and local population information to give a diagnosis of what needs to change from their expert point of view.

To find out more, please email : csesca.engagement@nhs.net

The NHS Long Term Plan

The NHS Long Term Plan sets out the priorities and ambitions for the years ahead to make sure the NHS continues to provide high-quality care across the country:

Thank you for taking the time to read more about the Our Health Our Care Our FUTURE programme of work, including the NHS Long Term Plan and the Population Health Check.

We would appreciate it if you could take a moment to complete a feedback form to let us know whether this information has been helpful and where we can work further with you to improve health and care for the future in Sussex and East Surrey. You can access the feedback form here.

Working with you to improve mental health in West Sussex 

We want people in West Sussex to get the best possible care in they are struggling with their mental health.

To make sure this happens, the three NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups in West Sussex and the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust are working together on plans to improve mental health services in the area.

Now, we want to hear from you. Visit the dedicated online area to find our more, join a local event, and have your say.

ReSPECT process Discussion Group

ReSPECT (Recommended Summary Plan for Emergency Care and Treatment) is a process that creates personalised recommendations for clinical care in emergency situations in which patients are not able to decide for themselves or communicate their wishes.

The CCG is looking to recruit members of the public to participate in a ‘Discussion Group’ event. i.e. a balanced group to meet and consider (and advise us about) how best the CCGs should communicate and engage with the wider public/interested parties about ReSPECT implementation.

For more details and information on how to register your interest please download this form below or contact tim.crowhurst@nhs.net.

Get involved with a Sussex-wide review of emotional health and wellbeing support for children and young people

We understand that currently some emotional health and wellbeing services for young people do not meet the needs of young people and their families, often with long waiting times for help, or people not knowing how to access services.

As part of a Sussex-wide review of these services, we are undertaking a series of surveys and events targeted at young people, parents and carers, and health professionals, asking for the views and suggestions for improving these services.

Click here to read more about the review and read answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.

We are holding a series of 'open space' events across Sussex where you can have your voice heard. Open space events are meetings where those attending create and manage the agenda. Participants choose sub-topics centred around a specific topic. In this case, the topic is children and young people's emotional health and wellbeing services in Sussex. Once sub-topics are agreed into the agenda, individual discussions take place in separate break-out spaces and participants sign up to those sub-topics they most wish to listen or contribute to. These discussions will then form part of the evidence base for the final review report.

Details of these events are below:

  • Hastings - Wednesday 4 September - 18:00-21:00 - Stade Halls, 20 Rock-A-Nore Road, Hastings TN34 3DW - click here to book your place

  • Uckfield - Thursday 5 September - 9:30-13:00 - Civic Centre, Civic Approach, Uckfield TN22 1AE - click here to book your place

  • Brighton - Thursday 5 September - 18:00-21:00 - Varley Park Conference Centre, Varley Park Halls of Residence, University of Brighton, Coldean Lane, Brighton BN1 9EN - click here to book your place


For those who can't attend the events, we've developed surveys. There are surveys to choose from - one for children and young people, one for parents and carers and one for health and care professionals. Click on the links below to access the most appropriate survey for you: